Craft Brewery Profile: Merrimack Ales Brewery
The Lowell, Massachusetts, brewery known as Merrimack Ales is where art meets science to create fascinating beer flavor combinations. According to its founder, Merrimack Ales is what results when someone with the brain of an engineer and the creativity and passion of a true craft beer aficionado decides to brew his own creations. Since Merrimack Ales is still going strong 10 years after that concept was envisioned, it seems like the combination works. In a 6,000-square-foot brewery a mile from the Merrimack River, scientifically brewed and artistically inspired beers of all kinds continue to come to life.
What’s on Tap?
Merrimack Ales offers a wide range of year-round selections, seasonal favorites and — in keeping with the scientific theme — hypothesis beers for those who want to step a little off the beaten path. If you’re looking for a great pale ale, Merrimack has the obligatory pale ale in their collection — literally. Merrimack’s Obligatory American Pale Ale is a refined mix of Pacific NW hops and a unique in-house yeast blend.
Interested in a sweet White Ale? Try Merrimack’s Honey White, a honey-tinged white ale that is infused with sweet orange blossom honey. There are plenty of choices if you’re looking to go darker, too, like the rich and creamy Maple Cream Porter and Vigor, a chocolate oatmeal stout that features rich roasted and chocolate malts with oats, just the right touch of hops and a chocolate finish.
Be Sure to Catch …
The Hypothesis Series of experimental Merrimack Ales brews is a must-try. While the names and labels of these beers will make you feel like they were developed in Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory, with names like Horror Show India Pale Ale, Shock Value Imperial IPA, Feed the Beast Barrel Aged Imperial Porter and Exsanguinator Wheat Ale, it’s worth overcoming your trepidation. These varied and flavorful brews are the finished product of tireless experimentation, and if you find the right one, you’re sure to enjoy it enough to keep coming back for more. They might even inspire you to do a little experimenting with new craft beer flavors yourself.