Back in 2002, an aspiring restaurateur and his family bought the original Rivertowne Brewing, nestled along the Allegheny River in Verona, PA. With over a dozen year-round and seasonal offerings, their wide range of lagers and ales are sure to please just about everyone. Their latest seasonal is Sassamanash, a Cranberry beer that is available in the early fall.
The beer pours a clear pale yellow color. The thin white head dissipates quickly and leaves a very light lacing atop the beer. The carbonation of the beer is notable with a steady stream of small bubbles rising in the glass.
The nose offers up a great deal of sweet fruit notes. Sweet cranberry, white cranberry, and strawberry are some of the fruity aromas. A funky yeasty note is also detectable through all the sweet fruits.
The palate offers up the same fruitiness that the nose promised. Sweet notes of berries flood the palate from the first sip. While you can tell that of the berries in the flavor profile is indeed cranberry, it is not the tart variety. A little funky yeast is also discernible on the palate.
Rivertowne’s Sassamanash is a very sweet, fruit forward beer. It is akin to some of the sweeter Lambics on the market such as Lindemans. Try pairing this one with Blue Cheese, spinach salad with bacon, red onion, cranberries and almonds or cranberry pound cake with orange glaze.
Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 2.5 Out Of 5 Pints