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White Birch Apprentice Series AKU - White Birch Brewing

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White Birch Apprentice Series AKU
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10 Ratings
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Ratings: 10
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
White Birch Brewing visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
California Common / Steam Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
The California Common style is a hybrid of a German Lager and an American Ale. For Geoff’s beer he’s honored that tradition by uniting the best of each style. The result is a flavorful ale that is nicely hopped and sessionable. AKU = All Kinds United.

As Geoff moves on, we raise a toast and hope you enjoy this beer as much as we do.

(Beer added by: johnnnniee on 06-23-2012)
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