There was a time when crossing the Atlantic meant a brutal and perilous journey. The passage often took 10-12 weeks. Accommodations were sparse. Personal living space was limited to just barely enough room for a person to lay down and sleep. Conditions were hellish at best. Beer played an important role during these torturous journeys. Sailing vessels of this period were grossly unsanitary and water was often the first necessity to spoil. Passengers made due by drinking beer. The beer would stay good longer than water due to the natural preservatives of alcohol and hops. Death was a steadfast companion of both passengers and crew. Burial at Sea can be an especially difficult and trying experience. One does not have the expected proper time for remorse because the body must be cast overboard in a short period of time. You cannot return to visit the resting place of your loved ones. Family members reproached each other for persuading them to make the journey. Wives reproached their husbands for children that were lost. Husbands lamented most piteously for convincing their family to make the journey. Children bemoaned parents for their helplessness. Witness accounts record unbelievable despair and misery.
This beer is dedicated to the brave souls who made the pilgrimage from the old world to the new and the souls whom never saw the shores of the new world on the horizon.
Burial at Sea is a collaborative project between head brewer's Jeff Hancock of DC Brau and Stephen Jones of Oliver Ales in Baltimore, MD. Mild ales are traditionally referred to as "session ales" known for their low alcohol content which is around 3.2 - 4.0%. Despite their low alcohol content, Milds are just as flavorful as beers with a higher ABV. In crafting this beer we used only the finest malt's and hop's from England. Burial at Sea starts with a great malty nose boasting aromas of milk chocolate and biscuity sweetness. The beer has a medium mouthfeel that drinks with a soft, mineral smoothness and just enough hops to counter the chewy malt character. Fermented with a clean American yeast that lets the oats, barley and hops dominate and take center stage.
The Burial at Sea collaboration logo was designed by Mike Sikes.
Style: English Mild
Serving type: Draft-Only
Availability: March 2012