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Thanksgiving Tasting Event

One of the best ways to create great beer is to share it with people. It's fun, it's humbling at times, and most of all, it's an awesome opportunity to learn what's working and isn't working with your product. This weekend we held a tasting with some good friends at a home outside Boston. The beers were all extremely well-received and we got some great suggestions and ideas in the process. Most of all, it was a fun night that we were proud to be a part of. Let's just say the cases we showed up with were empty at the end of the night. 

We showcased seven beers at the event: Common Sense Cream Ale, Flagship Amber, Sugar House Honey Maple, Self Evident Pale Ale, Jacko Pumpkin Ale, Perilous Night Vanilla Porter, and Barnstomer Coffee Stout. 

People couldn't get enough of the Common Sense Cream Ale and Flagship Amber Ale. The Cream Ale surprises people - it has a much more interesting and complex flavor than you're used to with a lighter tasting beer. We think Jim's use of roasted vanilla beans for this brew might have something to do with that. 

The Jacko Pumpkin was another one that was a surprising hit. Everyone agreed that it is very different than other pumpkins on the market, which is great to hear since that style has gotten pretty saturated over the past few years. The best way to describe it is "liquid cider doughnuts" (in fact, it was suggested that this should be the name of it!).

Our favorite feedback during the night came on several occasions, when we continually heard comments like "I don't normally like [beer style], but this is really good!". We heard that with the Pumpkin, Vanilla Porter, and even Coffee Stout. We think we're really on to something when we get feedback like this. 

All in all the event was a huge success and we thank our friends for helping us. Looking forward to many more!




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Goodnight, Sparta

Every brewery has their humble beginnings. Our story began in Jim's garage in Sparta, New Jersey where he has been perfecting his craft over the past few years (well, there and Germany.... seriously, Germany). During that time, we were operating as Sparta Brewing Company. It was a great brand with a logo featuring a small bird design based on the piping plover of the coastal town of Newburyport, Massachusetts, a temporary candidate location for our brewery.

 The brand has evolved considerably ever since. We probably suggested and explored well over a hundred names within our team before unanimously and enthusiastically landing on Oak & Iron. We'll tell that story soon - we think you'll like it. In the meantime, here are some highlights of beer labels from our year as Sparta Brewing Company.