Summer is officially here and Happy Fathers Day to all. Whether it's a summery saison that sets you to strumming your guitar on the front porch or if it's a berliner weiss that you drink during the baseball game, welcome to New Beer Sunday. Today is the day and this is the place for you to TRY a new beer and TELL us about it. Beer is appreciated in each of five categories. Appearance, aroma, taste, mouthfeel and overall impression. So get out your cameras, notebooks and pencils, turn the music up and let's get down to business. Today I have a cool kolsch and I am very excited about it. I noticed that my local grocery is paying a lot more attention to the New York Aisle and it's getting bigger. We are now sporting beer from our near regionals like never before. This is from Empire Brewing. Turns out the head brewer Ben Botman used to work at Ithaca beer. The kolsch is a favorite style of mine. Happy New American German Style Kolsch Sunday Skinny Atlas Skanealteles it's a pun! Great! And it is a favorite style of mine. The kolsch has roots that are not contemporary by comparison but are very trendy right now. Along with the pilsner this style is being revived by people who love it! This style, in the bjcp is said to the untrained palate to resemble the blonde or a sublte pislner . Well when I have a kolsch that I think is very good I usually think this resembles a blonde not a pilsner every time and I think that about this beer. The differences between the styles are in the amount of malt you will notice on the nose. The amount of hops in the balance which means towards the finish if not really in the finish and the carbonation. Subdued maltiness and delicate dryness are the key phrases that I am looking for today. Here is the beer - Color is hazy yellow with a good stream of bubbles. You can see stuff floating in it but it's very small. Thin white head that refreshes. Nose is clean . Just a bit of bread and some hop herbal. An almost imperceptible fruity ester from yeast and I think this one is pear. Quite breaddy although extremely soft and creamy. A touch sulfury. Crisp clean finish with a light tang that keeps the mouth watering lightly. Finishes malty with only a few bubbles to tingle briskly. As creamy as it is, it is also breaddy and dry. Low noble hops flavor on the palate and a subtle fruity note way in the background. Now as far as why I thought it resembled the blonde - the hops on the mid palate seem to be a moderate presence but without any strong herbal but in the finish they seem to be a low presence. Modest refreshing and I think one of the most authentic I have ever seen. This one is not overly hoppy in any way however a firm bitterness does finish it friendly. Exemplary and the water even has something to do with it. Crackers and cheese weekend . All day baby! All day! This is a session beer. It's gettin' Grammatik out there. Cheers NBS!