The New Albanian Brewing Co. – Bonfire of the Valkyries – 6.4 out of 7


Oh the taste!

I raised my right eyebrow as I saw the opaque color pour out of this one, followed by polite suspicion considering having not been knocked over by the smell (along with the quickly rising and fizzling head absent from the picture). But then I took one sip and proclaimed, “Oh the taste!” Campfire taste comes right through. Drinkers beware, this may shoot down your taste buds right then and there, but its worth it. Who woulda thought that a small brewery out of of New Albany, Indiana (Louisville KY metro area) could hit the mark so close to Bamberg Germany? I will buy the next Bonfire I see. Excellent work The New Albanian!

Brewer The New Albanian Brewing Company
Beer Name Bonfire of the Valkyries
Brewer’s Description We start with German-style Black Lager, brew it to a higher than normal strength, and use a proportion of beechwood-smoked barley malt. Bonfire demands: “Give me bacon.”
Food Pairings A plate of delicious smoked meat
Brewer Location New Albany, IN
Alcohol content by volume 8.0%
IBU (International Bitterness Units) 10
Beer opacity rate 1 – 7 (light – dark) 6.6
Smell smoke? 1 – 7 (No – George Burns) 3
Sausage detection? Y or N Y
Smokepower taste: 1 – 7 Smokestacks 6.5
Overall Happiness: 1 – 7 (detention – recess) 6.4

For way too much reading, please visit The Story of the Bonfire of the Valkyries at:

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