(Courtesy of Long Trail)
Long Trail Brewing Company, located in Bridgewater Corners, VT, has been getting more and more attention in the last decade around New England. With simple beers like their Long Trail Ale and and Pale ale, they’ve gathered quite the following. And now expanding their horizons to great seasonal beers like Harvest and a summer beer called Pollenator, Long Trail has been spicing up the beer world for the better. But we’re here to talk about, in my opinion, their best beer.
It all started my sophmore year. Yes I was underage but anyway, I gave an upper classmen some money for beer. He had pretty good taste, drinking beers that I liked: Magic Hat, Harpoon, Opa Opa and many others. I trusted him in what ever he would bring back. Little did I know what I was in store for because soon he walked into the room with a big brown bag and set down a six pack of Long Trail Double Bag. “What’s this?” I asked never hearing of this beer before. My friend, a native of Vermont and long time fan of Long Trail just looked at me sternly and replied, “You will drink, and you will like.” So I popped the top took a swig and my life changed forever.
The dark amber ale sloshed through my teeth, rushed down my throat and left me at a loss for words. I was only able to sigh in relief for the fact that I had just drank godliness from a bottle. From that day forward my view of beer was altered and that day I truely became a “beer snob.”
Double Bag is in the Strong Ale style. It’s dark amber body and and smooth texture makes the drink-ability level absurd and leaves you begging for more. But take caution my friends, because even though the great taste of this ale is one that you will never want to leave your mouth, it’s 7.2% ABV will catch up with you fast. Long Trail urges that it’s customers to “indulge in moderation.” A six pack of this stuff even makes me, a 240 lbs man, stumble like a 100 lbs high schooler who just drank their first beer.
Double Bag is brewed with 2-row, Crystal, Chocolate, and Wheat for Malts and Northern Brewer and Mt. Hood hops. Long Trails ability to brew with German historically genius methods for making beer makes them so good at producing ales like this. Double Bag is known as a “Stickebier” German slang for “secret brew”.
The brewers suggest Double Bag goes great with smoked meats, pork and sausage (talk about typical German Food huh). And that it should be served at 45 – 50 degress. A common misconception in the beer world is that beer needs to be cold. But on the contrary with beers like Double Bag, the temp matters. Only at the right temperature can the true flavors of this beer be tasted.