Producer Spotlight: Otto's Pub & Brewery
We make it a point to carry all local or PA-produced draft beers, and one of our favorites is Otto's, State College's original brewpub. We always have one or two of their beers on tap. Recently, Otto's kindly invited us over to try some of their beers, take a brewery tour, and just relax and chat about what they're up to these days. We were, of course, happy to oblige....
Some of our favorites from the beers we tasted were the Winter Warmer, Mom's Elderberry Stout, and the Forbidden Plum. One thing all of these have in common? Fruit! The fruit element in these beers is so well balanced and subtle that you might not even realize at first what gives them their distinct tastes. Cherry lends a very pleasant tartness to the Winter Warmer, and the berry in Mom's Elderberry Stout is almost a phantom at the finish. The Forbidden Plum, one of Otto's new Cork 'n' Cage Series, is slightly tart, mild and deliciously easy to drink. (We certainly recommend them all, but you'll have to visit Otto's to taste them-they're only available in house.)
We also had a chance to talk to Chris Brugger, Otto's Brewer. He headed the tour, explaining the entire journey the malts and hops take on their way to becoming delicious beer. He entertained us with his analogies to help us laymen understand the process. For instance, he likened the addition of hops to the brew to adding garlic to a stir-fry: you add garlic towards the end of the cooking process so its potent aroma and flavor doesn't cook out. We learned that you add hops towards the end of the brew's cooking time for the same reason.
Remember, you can always come to Harrison's to enjoy Otto's beers! While you're here, try our all-local Beer Flight to go along with your meal.
(Photo courtesy of Otto's Facebook page.)