Just one trip to the Weyerbacher brewery on Easton’s Southside is enough to convince anyone of how passionate these people are about their beer.
Granted, it’s not a whole lot to look at and you would probably miss it if you drove by the facility. But once you’re inside, you know this is a place where good beer is born.
Those who enjoy fine beers know Easton, Pa. as the place where Weyerbacher beer is brewed. Weyerbacher has put the town on the map for a reason other than Crayola (and the second reading of the Declaration of Independence).
Feaston has been to the Easton brewhouse many times, but our most recent trip was with a pair of newbies. It appeared they enjoyed their visit. But we didn’t know how much they enjoyed it until we helped carry out their purchases.
If you are in or going to be in Easton on a Saturday, we wholeheartedly suggest making a stop at Weyerbacher. There are a couple of benefits to visiting the brewery. Before I get into that, if it’s your pleasure, you can read about their history.
What’s so great about the brewery? First, you can sample pretty much all of the beers they have for sale. No charge. That’s right, no charge. Because we were with some first timers, we tasted around 10 beers (and then bought seven cases).
Second, there are tours. We’ve done the tours twice now, both times guided by Bill Bragg. This man will be able to answer every question you have about beer or the brewery.
Third, you can mix and match a case of beer. For a fairly reasonable price, considering the quality of beer you’re gettin’, you can get however many of what they have that suits your taste. We’ve never been there when they have less than say, seven brews. Plus they usually have a healthy stock of our favorite: Merry Monks.
Merry Monks is a Belgian ale brewed as an abby tripel. That’s really just a fancy way of saying it’s a really strong ale. And trust, if you drink three or four, they will knock you on your ass (kinda like the monks on the package?). And coming in at 9.3 percent alcohol, it is not fooling around.
Merry Monks is bottle conditioned, which means a little bit of sugar and yeast is added right before bottling. It also has a very distinct after taste. I have never been able to put my finger on it to describe it to someone, but if you have ever had a Hoegaarden beer, you’ll know what I am talking about.
Along with the Merry Monks,we filled our case with other goodies. But take a gander for yourself and have a drink with Weyerbacher.