Beer of the Week: North Coast Scrimshaw Lager | Clean Plate Charlie | South Florida | Broward Palm Beach New Times | The Leading Independent News Source in Broward-Palm Beach, Florida

Beer Beer Beer

Beer of the Week: North Coast Scrimshaw Lager

Unrepentant beer drinkers, rejoice! Each week, Clean Plate Charlie

will select one craft or import beer and give you the lowdown on it:

How does it taste? What should you drink it with? Where can you find

it? But mostly, it's all about the love of the brew. If you have a beer

you'd like featured in Beer of the Week, let us know via a comment.

The development of my beer drinking habit seems to be running in reverse. Where I once was attracted to big beers full of so many hops they rip the enamel off your teeth, these days I prefer a subtle, well-balanced brew. Call it maturation, I guess. It's sort of like how I grew up listening to balls out punk rock, but now prefer more carefully orchestrated tunes. I still love to put on a NOFX album every so often, but it's not how I'd unwind at the end of a long day either.

I suppose that's what has drawn me into the hunt for the perfect

lager. Lager's a beer that gets a bad rap for being low on flavor.

Thanks to mass produced swill, that's largely true. But there are some

great lagers out there, pilsners and bocks and stuff born of fine,

European heritage. Beers with flavor profiles that are more subtle than

balls out, that you CAN unwind at the end of a long day with.


North Coast's Scrimshaw Lager. It's patterned after German beer-making

tradition, using Munich, Hallertauer, and Tettnangand hops to lend it a

spicy, crisp finish. There's plenty of dry, pale malt and some very

refined fruit ester undertones, and an alcohol content that won't knock

you down at 4.4%. And with food, Scrimshaw delivers. I paired a few

bottles of Scrimshaw with some take-away Indian food the other night,

and the cooling lager held up beautifully with the spicy chicken curry

chock full of green chilies. 

Like other North Coast brews such as Red Seal and Old No. 38 Stout,

Scrimshaw is a classic example of a lager done right. That's why it's

landed numerous silver and gold medals at beer competitions over the

past 15 years. I'm becoming a huge North Coast fan because of this

reverence to tradition, but also because, as a brewer, they seem to

know exactly how much oomph to put in their beers.

Pick Scrimshaw up at Crown Fine Wine & Spirits.

KEEP NEW TIMES BROWARD-PALM BEACH FREE... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
John Linn

Latest Stories