Long Trail Ale, VT -- Altbier -- others?
I had some of this when I was in New Hampshire. Really refreshing with a dry sort of toastiness that was very pleasing, highly drinkable, good "session" beer. Apparently a good example of this obscure German style.
Does anyone know of similar beers that I might find in NYC?
Thanks guys this info is helpful. Even is a beer is available, I always worry about freshness in the mega-brew stores that carry a huge range of beers, especially low-alcohol styles that might not store well. One reason it's nice to drink local.
Another VT brewery, Otter Creek makes an altbier called Copper Ale - not as good as it once was, but still decent. Still another VT brewery, McNeill's makes probably the best (current brewery problems excluded) american made altbier I've had but likely will only be found in VT.
If you are interested in the style, check out the originals from Dusseldorf. Uerige classic, sticke, and dopplesticke are the real deal (well the dopplesticke was only recently created for just the US market), but you must catch them fresh - the classic has a shelf life of about a month. Frankenhiem may be a bit easier to find, but I have yet to find fresh ones. Schwelmer also distributes in the US.
Oh and if you find yourself in NH again, search out Tuckerman's Headwall Alt, even though they use non-traditional hops for their alt, its flavor profile is close to the style.
Nothing like drinking them fresh in Dusseldorf though. Something I wish all beer and alt lovers in this country could experience.
I like Long Trail's alt too. Their Double Bag, a stronger version of the same style, is even better.
Victory released an Anniversary Alt a few years back that was just amazing -- the best altbier I'd ever tasted. Hopefully they'll brew in that style again.