From the Bottle Collection

Without intent, I have collected well over 1,000 beer bottles since the early 70s. When something finally had to be done about the cheap paneling in this old modular, I had a choice. Tear down the walls while, oh, so carefully, replacing the often rotted 1X3s. Or: cover them with… The Bottle Collection.

Written by Ken Carman

Scanning the web, I was glad to see that Shipyard seems to be still brewing Chamberlain. It’s been many years but I remember it being a pale ale with a nice hop undercurrent and balanced a bit more towards the malt: for an American version of the style. Nice copper tone, plenty of rocky head and a nose of malt and hops spells out taste before a single sip. Clarity is nice and I’m guessing there’s enough cara-malt in here to provide a bit “chew” to the texture.

The sites I’ve scanned as I wrote this seem to find more of a hop focus. Though I admit I am doing this from memory, after that caveat I still think I would disagree. But I have been more heavy hop focused than some for quite a while. After falling in love with IBUs well over 100 at a brewpub south of Cinci in the early 90s, and then enjoying my taste buds being whacked by The Hop Tyrant’s beer in my Nashville hombrew club, maybe it just takes more to impress me enough to suggest a beer is “hop focused.”

I haven’t seen it in the stores… of course Yankee Spirits is my main New England source, but that may change by next year. Stay tuned.

If the picture remains on site, the bottle below isn’t as nice as mine. I have a green labeled 22oz brown bottle, also pictured below. Named after a famous Civil War hero: Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, who famously defended Little Round Top at Gettysburg.

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