Breweries "Visited"

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Sugar Hill Gang

Beer #337 Sugar Hill Golden Ale / Harlem Brewing Company, New York, NY
Beers to go: 29

After a busy Sunday hosting a tailgate party fundraiser (thank you to those who supported us!), it's time for a relaxing Sunday.  And of course in my world, that means Sunday brunch.  There are few things I enjoy more than brunch, particularly on a nice, sunny Sunday.  It's a peaceful, enjoyable way to spend a slow paced weekend morning; some eggs, some bacon, a Bloody Mary.... can't wait.

Before we get there, let's keep the countdown rolling and review the Sugar Hill Golden Ale from Harlem Brewing Company.  In the glass, this beer has a clear gold color with a wispy white head.  Your nose finds aromas of grain and honey, and the taste has flavors of malt sweetness and bread, with a floral, honey character.  Easy drinking at 4% ABV, this beer is a good alternative to macro light beers.  If you see it on the shelf, give it a try.
Drinker's Delight
This brewery has been in business since 1996, and is minority owned and operated.  For those who were wondering, Sugar Hill is a neighborhood in Harlem, and was given the name in the 1920's when affluent African Americans moved there to live "the sweet life."  Prominent residents included W.E.B. DuBoise, Duke Ellington, Adam Clayton Powell Jr., and future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, to name a few.

Thing to Think About Today:
I know that with a beer named Sugar Hill, you're expecting some Rapper's Delight by The Sugarhill Gang.  And knowing how much I love the Rolling Stones, maybe you're expecting some Harlem Shuffle.  However, it's a Sunday, and if you've forgotten the first paragraph, it's almost time for brunch.  A key component of brunch is a relaxed environment, and music can play a huge a part in making that happen.  So, let's pay homage to a Sugar Hill resident and let Duke Ellington finish up with Take the A Train - a song that also makes reference to Sugar Hill in the lyrics.  Enjoy your Sunday, everyone.... see you at brunch.

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