Battery Hill is by Craggie Brewing Company of Asheville, North Carolina. Craggie is also one of nine breweries in the Asheville area which earned Asheville the title of “Beer City, U.S.A.” in 2010. They call their Battery Hill “an English-Style Rye Ale.” Rye* ales are usually German or American, but this can be changed up by substituting some of the ingredients, for example, English yeasts for Germans ones, such as below:
- malts: (organic) Pale, Rye
- hops: (organic) First Gold
- yeasts: British blend
- 4.2% ABV
The alcohol content is also quite English. Those Englishmen do love their session beer! Here is the story of why…
The hops flavors in Battery Hill are singularly most prevalent. They are not big and overpowering, but more of a subdued bitterness.There is a watery, dry (dry refering to the hops, as in not wet hops) hop flavor up front, followed then by the bitterness. There is not a plethora of complex flavors going on, but with the light body and 4.2% ABV, this is quite a sessionable brew–maybe even a lunchtime brew!
Battery Hill from Craggie Brewing Company is available in Winston-Salem in the form of growlers at City Beverage. Craggie also has beer available at Krankies on East Third Street, downtown, and at Whole Foods. Their public house is located in Asheville, North Carolina, at 197 Hilliard Avenue. For more information on Craggie Brewing Company, click here. Bottoms up!
*Rye ale generally refers to an ale wherein rye has been substituted in lieu of some portion of the barley malt.