AÂ little over a week ago Andrei and I stopped by one of our favorite beer bars in SF, Church Key.Â Despite it being in one of the worst areas in San Francisco to find parking, it has a great selection of beer, a cool atmosphere and to top it off, a killer Foursquare deal.
While perusing the menu we came across Shmaltz Brewing Company’s Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A on Rye. Seeing that it was a “limited engagement” beer, we opted to go for that.Â Church Key was selling the 22 ounce bottle for $25, but with their foursquare deal we got it for $12.50. SCORE!
This beer had a beautiful amber color to it with an off-white frothy head with a lot of lacing on the glass.Â You can definitely smell the whiskey barrels that it was brewed in (to me it gives an almost vanilla-like aroma) as well as caramel.Â It has a light carbonation to it and the taste is rich and delicious.
This beer is barrel-aged in Sazerac 6 year rye whiskey barrels and is 10% ABV.Â I’m giving it 5 out of 5 pints although maybe I’m being a bit biased because a)I love barrel-aged beer and b)It’s the best I’ve had from Shmaltz so it was a wonderful surprise to find such a tasty brew from a brewery I wasn’t a huge fan to begin with.
Because they’ve limited the release on this I would have to say to buy it if you see it!Â Yes, there are better beers out there but this is a sweet gem from Shmaltz that is worth tasting!