The beer introduction
Industrial Arts Brewing was thrust onto my radar screen last summer. While perusing the growler board at the Growler & Gill, Nanuet, NY, one of the beer clerks asked me if I had heard of them as she poured me a Tools of the Trade IPA. She noted that the owner had a pretty solid brewing petigree as he was brewmaster at Peekskill Brewing and had originally come from Ithica Brewing. I recall the beer being nice and took note that I should try a few more from this brewery.
Fast forward a year and I’m seeing cans from Industrial Arts brewing showing up on shelves here in New Jersey. Kudos Sarene Craft Beer Distributors. A relatively new beer distributor in New York and New Jersey that has brought us SingleCut, Pipeworks and Night Shift.
Industrial Arts Brewing
Opened in the fall of 2016 in the Garnerville Arts and Industrial Center in Rockland. The owner/brewmaster Jeff O’Neil, leased and meticulously renovated 30,000 square feet in a pre-civil war era building (late 18th century) into a high-end, world class brewing facility. The complex is also home to other artisans and industrial trade businesses.
An article noted that Industrial Arts beer will be filtered through a specialty four-vessel system and O’Neil noted that he’s pretty sure doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world.
The old world facility certainly facinates me and I hope to pay a visit to the tasting room at some point.
Industrial Arts State of the Art (Batch # 115)
Tasting: June 29, 2017
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
Beer #: 1,073
Industrial Arts State of the Art is probably the clearest beer I’ve ever had or at least in the last couple of months. I guess this is the quadruple vessel system at work. First few sips explode with major sweetness like ripe melon and honey. It gets run over by a stiff shot of lime and citrus rind. Has a some underlying earthiness and caramel. It also has a tad bit of a boozy burn. Mouthfeel is syrupy but smooth. I know my tastes have evolved and I’ve been bitten by the hazy, juicy bug but this reminds me of what IPA was just couple of years ago. Industrial Arts State of the Art is a very nice 89 points.
Industrial Arts Metric
Tasting: June 29, 2017
Style: Sessionable Pilsner
Beer #: 1,074
Crisp drinking pilsner. Has that characteristic sweet malt of melon with skunky hops. Finish spirals a bit with lemon and leaves an off bitter aftertaste. Still a nice example of a pilsner and one to enjoy crisp and cold on a hot summer day. 86 points.