Anatomy of a Great Beer, The Singel
The Singel is not only Hardywood Park’s flagship beer but also a favorite for many of us in the office. The recipe took years to develop and has a complex flavor that is a combination of fruitiness and spice, followed by a crispness not easily found in most beers. We caught up with Patrick Murtaugh who serves as Hardywood’s Brewmaster for a few notes on the makeup of this great beer. Release Date: October 2011 Style: Belgian Blond Ale Color: A cloudy gold with a white head and medium lace Hops: English and Czech varieties Taste: Subtle tropical fruit flavors upfront with a bit of spiciness from Saaz hops* with a fairly dry finish Finish: Most Belgian Ales have a sweet after taste but the Singel has a dry crisp finish Food Pairings: Perfect complement to southern fare like fried green tomatoes, pimento cheese, and a wide variety of seafood, particularly steamed mussels, lobster with drawn butter and crab cakes. Hardywood Park Craft Brewery served as the location of our photo shoot for the current collection of Short Run Shirting. If you have a chance to visit the brewery or happen to find the Singel in your hometown, we highly recommend an order. * Saaz is a variety of hops named after the Czech city of Žatec (German: Saaz). When used in beer, the aroma is very mild, earthy, herbal and spicy.