As Lent is underway, it’s once again time for the annual fish fry signs to pop up all across my neighborhood. I’ve been to a bunch over the years, and dare I say, they are quite the party. One fish fry that is back again this year is at Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, at their Grove Bierhall on Manchester.
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So, which of those UCBC brews go best with fried fish? We asked brewery owner Florian Klupent for his recommendations.
Zwickel (5.1% / 19 IBU
Pronounced ‘zv-ick-el’, this quite possibly the most popular beer by UCBC, and the flagship lager of their Reverence Series. Zwickel is unfiltered, unpasteurized, a German classic that finishes as a smooth-drinking, naturally cloudy bier.
“Zwickel has a great malt backbone which balances the flavors from the fish nicely,” said Klupent.
Stammtisch (5.4% / 40 IBU)
Loosely translated, “Stammtisch means ‘table for regulars’ and also become popular among UCBC fans, which is why it too is offered year-round. Stammtisch is a traditional German Pilsner featuring a blend of Hallertau and Strisselspalt hops, giving it a pronounced herbal and spicy aroma. It’s crisp and dry with a light grainy malt profile.
“It’s the forwardness of the Hallertau and Strisselspalt that helps cut through the fried batter, and makes this beer perfect at a fish fry,” said Klupent.
Schnicklfritz (5.0% / 12 IBU)
It’s the yeast that gives this Bavarian Weissbier a decidedly fruity and phenolic profile. You will get the clove and banana like essence on the nose and on the tongue, but that is why Klupent thinks this one is a fish fry winner.
“The fruity and very slightly tart Schnickelfritz compliments the lemon used on the fish and also helps to cut through the fried flavors,” said Klupent.