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If you're thinking of joining a beer of the month club you've found the right place. Each month we review a beer of the month club shipment to give you an idea of what you really get. This month Gourmet Monthly Clubs sends us Dominion Brewing Company from Delaware and Pennsylvania Brewing Company...from Pennsylvania (obvious, huh?).

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Pennsylvania Brewing Company MarzenPennsylvania Brewing Company Marzen

Appearance: This Marzen pours a crystal clear dark amber to almost brown color. The taupe head maxes out at about 2.5 inches tall with a rough pour, but quickly settles. It seems a bit dark for a Marzen, to be honest...but that’s not a bad thing.

Smell: As a Marzen should, this brew has a clean aroma and just a faint sweet malt scent. It’s a lager meant to be drank in mass quantities, so it should be fairly easy going.

Taste: Just like the smell, it’s a bit sweet on the tongue and there’s virtually no hop bitterness. We wish this one had finished just a tad dryer, as the sweetness makes it a bit thick and hard to drink a lot. It’s tasty enough, but there are others in this style we’d prefer.

Pennsylvania Brewing Company Penn WeizenPennsylvania Brewing Company Penn Weizen

Appearance: As a traditional German Hefeweizen, Penn Weizen looks just like it should! It pours a hazy golden straw with a huge white head. It’s on the dark end of the spectrum for this style, but that could be because we stirred up the yeast a little bit before pouring.

Smell: Yum! This smells like some of the best German Hefeweizens we’ve had. Banana and clove, with this one being heavier on the banana, predominate. In the background there is some wheaty, bready malt. This is a style we often overlook and we’re really excited to drink this one.

Taste: Yup, there it is! That great wheat malt flavor we love in beers like this, it finishes dry and almost chalky...but in a good way. The banana in the nose really lends a bit of complexity. This beer is refreshing enough for summer, but malty enough to hold up in winter. Check it out for sure, this is a winner.

Dominion Brewing Company Hop Mountain Pale AleDominion Hop Mountain Pale Ale

Appearance: Hop Mountain is a clear amber with slightly orange tones to it. A dark cream colored, dense head forms on top. After smelling this beer, you get the feeling that the foam is almost green from all the hops.

Smell: Whoa, this is like sticking your nose into a bag of hops! Seriously. A bag of hops. For real. That’s all you can smell. Dank hops.

Taste: And this beer tastes just like it smells. It’s not super bitter, but rather well balanced...we don’t mean it’s not bitter, it’s just not enamel dissolvingly bitter. After the bitterness, though, there’s a ton of hop flavor. Dank, piney flavor stays with this one throughout your entire drinking experience. It’s like drinking a bag of hops. Yum!



Dominion Brewing Company Oak Barrel StoutDominion Brewing Company Oak Barrel Stout

Appearance: Suuuuuuuuuper black, Oak Barrel Stout doesn’t even allow a little bit of light to come through at the edges. A light brown, coffee with 5 creams, head fluffs up to a height of about 3 inches before it recedes to just wisps a minute later.

Smell: Dark, bittersweet chocolate is the first thing that comes out, and you can tell it’s enhanced by the vanilla they use in the brew process.

Taste: It’s actually a lot lighter on the tongue than you’d expect from a beer this dark. Fairly dry, you get a bit of cocoa with the vanilla just there enough to make it more chocolaty. This may be the first beer with vanilla in it that we’ve had where the vanilla didn’t totally dominate the brew. This is definitely one to check out if you can. A delicious stout with an interesting take that makes it a unique version of the style.