Steph’s New Brew Review: Kettleface

Steph’s New Brew Review: Kettleface

St. Boniface Craft Brewing and Columbia Kettle Works Kettleface, a 9.2% ABV Double Dry Hopped Imperial Red Ale

Appearance Dark amber with light tan head.
Aroma Citrusy, earthy, slightly spicy.
Taste Bold spicy and citrusy hop notes. Toasty and caramelly malt presence without being sweet. Pleasant bitterness.
Mouthfeel Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.
Overall Homerun!

St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company was founded in the spring of 2010 by Jon Northup and Mike Price. They opened a one barrel nanobrewery in Ephrata, PA on February 2, 2011. The brewery was open to the public on Saturdays for sales.

St. Boniface moved to their new location at 1701 West Main Street, right next to the “Welcome to Ephrata” sign, in February 2013, and in the fall of 2013, Dain Shirey joined the ownership group. The current location includes a 15-barrel brewhouse and a cozy tasting room.

Craft beer lovers can visit the taproom for pints, growler fills, can sales, and tasty food made on site, including brick oven pizza and sandwiches. St. Boniface cans popular beers including Paideia APA and Libation DIPA.

Columbia Kettle Works is located at 40 North 3rd Street in downtown Columbia, PA and was founded by friends and co-workers Bill Collister and Rod Smith. The team brought on Chad Rieker from Iron Hill Brewery as head brewer in May 2015.

This past September, Columbia Kettle Works opened their expanded space with tons of additional seating. The brewery is also expanding their barrel program, filling Heaven Hill bourbon barrels, Buffalo Trace barrels, and Pinot Noir barrels.

Columbia Kettle Works sells cocktails using Thistle Finch spirits, as well as Pennsylvania wines and ciders from Big Hills Ciderworks. Keeping the local vibe, food from local vendors including Crazy Corkey’s Kettle Corn, Dynamic Dills, Hammond’s Old Fashioned Hard Sourdough, Zerbe’s Homestyle Kettle Chips, and Gnawjaw Premium Beef Jerky.

Kettleface is a collaboration beer by St. Boniface and Columbia Kettle Works. This year marks the first time the double dry-hopped imperial red ale was released in cans. Kettleface was released at both breweries on January 7, 2017 in 4-packs and cases. The beer features a malt backbone with loads of Simcoe flavor and aroma. Clocking in at 9.2% ABV and 115 IBUs, this beer can’t be missed.

Wanna pick this one up? Find Kettleface on tap at both breweries now!
Check out… Episode 48: The Brewdock Saints with With Dain, Jon and Mike from Saint Boniface Brewing Company and Episode 95: May the Schwarzbier With You with Rod, Chad, and Bill from Columbia Kettle Works.

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