Beer of the Week: A Belgian golden ale from Justice Brewing

Twenty, a Belgian golden ale, from Justice Brewing that was brewed to celebrate Sno-Isle Food Coop’s 20th anniversary. (Aaron Swaney / For The Herald)

Twenty

Justice Brewing, Everett

Style: Belgian golden ale

Stats: 8.2 percent ABV

Available: In 12-ounce cans at Sno-Isle Food Coop and on tap at the brewery and at Sno-Isle Food Coop’s 20th Birthday Party on June 24

My thoughts: When Nate McLaughlin opened Justice Brewing in 2012, Everett’s Sno-Isle Food Coop was one of the first places to carry his beer. For the store’s 20th birthday, it’s only fitting that McLaughlin would brew a beer to help the store celebrate.

McLaughlin brewed this Belgian golden ale with honey just for the Coop. The beer is light and refreshing despite a deceiving 8.2 percent ABV. Brewed to compete against German pilsners during World War II, Belgian goldens, unlike most Belgian ales, are lighter in body. The honey gives Twenty a floral sweetness and a more rounded finish compared to most Belgian ales.

Brewing the beer with honey as part of the sugar makeup was the idea of Mike Herrewig, a friend who helps McLaughlin around the brewery. The irony is that the honey actually means the beer, unlike most of Justice’s lineup, isn’t vegan.

The beer will be served at the Coop’s 20th birthday party at noon on June 24 at Wetmore Plaza in downtown Everett. The party will also have Narrative Coffee serving coffee and entertainment from The Real Food Show.

McLaughlin is still preparing to open a new taproom in downtown Everett later this summer. He said he needs to complete work on the floor and bar and move in his brewing equipment, but that if everything goes smoothly he should be looking at a late summer or early fall opening.

From the brewery: Fruity esters part way for a slight honey character with a dry finish. Fermented with both our house Belgian and a Belgian Saison strain for a unique profile.

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