Cape Ann Brewing Fisherman’s Brew: A Better Budweiser (Which is a Good Thing!)


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Cape Ann Brewing Fisherman’s Brew from Gloucester, MA

Serving style: Draft

Location: Beloved

Cost: $6

ABV: 5.5 %

Appearance: This brew pours a nice and even copper tone, with a hint of red—an appearance that, really, gives the impression of a strong, hearty beer. Of course, since it’s called the Fisherman’s Brew, that doesn’t hurt its case. I’m sure that if this beer were a person, this person would have a better beard than me, and could also beat me up.

Aroma: Like its appearance, the scent is balanced. As an American Amber Lager, it’s foolish to expect any frilly or fruity aromas to show up inside of it. Unsurprisingly, the Fisherman’s Brew doesn’t mess around. Sniff it all you want, but you’re just going to get the basics: hops, grain, and caramel.

Taste: It’s a little sweeter than your average American Amber Lager, but not by much. Letting it linger in your mouth for a moment treats you to some caramel and malty flavors. That may sound a little bland and run of the mill, but all flavors come together in a reserved, elegant way—and its the simpleness of the lager that makes it so appealing.

Mouthfeel: Balanced. I’ve been consuming a lot of IPAs these days, so a typical lager like this was a welcome change of pace. The lager is smooth throughout, with a slightly sweet aftertaste. But you can belly up this beer over and over again—like fishermen in the North Atlantic do, because fishermen drink all the time, right! Stereotypes! (For real, though: I bet fishermen would appreciate this beer.)

Overall Experience: Classic, straightforward brew—and terrific because of it. The first beer that I ever had on a regular basis was Budweiser and, say what you will, I loved it (being able to throw back an entire case in one night while in college also might’ve had something to do with my Bud love). The Fisherman’s Brew is a dressed-up version of that classic American beer, and you can also drink a bunch of it without really realizing it. I enjoyed it in the backyard of a neighborhood bar while reading, and without knowing it, I had four drafts. Pair it with some grilled fish or a burger and you’ve got a great North Atlantic meal, even if you don’t live next to the ocean.


This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 3, 2012

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