On February 18th, 2016, Beer Historian and Brewer Christopher Bowen and award-winning Brew Master Beau Baden brewed the official beer – an English Style Old Ale – for the city of Bethlehem’s 275th Anniversary!
The collaboration brew was named “Goundie’s Old Monocacy Ale” and was derived from a historic recipe circa 1815. Bowen and Baden brewed this special ale in 2009 and it was so well received that they felt it’d be the perfect beer to brew for the occasion.
The beer will be available on draft at Bethlehem Brew Works and in commemorative, 750ml corked & caged bottles at the brewery and via the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce at the Community Celebration on June 25th.
ABOUT THE ALE: in the style of British Old Ales, using smoked, biscuit and English malts and hops, roasted Barley and a special ingredient called Essentia Bina – think homemade molasses. Check out Bowen’s Facebook Page for pictures of the process – smoking the sugar, boiling over a fire for hours before setting the pot on fire, adding color and a peat like taste. ‘Old Ale’ is a somewhat sweet, rich and full bodied.
Christopher Bowen is an award-winning “Beer Historian, Master Brewer, Colonial & Victorian Era Brewing Re-Enactor and Beer Adventurist…” MORE
Beau Baden, a Scranton native, is an award-winning Brew Master who brewed for Fegley’s Allentown and Bethlehem Brew Works of Allentown and Bethlehem from 2005 until April 8th, 2016. Goundie’s Ale was one of his last brews for Fegley’s family owned and operated breweries.
“It is with a heavy heart that we bid Beau farewell as he enters a new stage of his brewing career with Susquehanna Brewing Co. Beau will always be part of the Fegley Brew Works family…” Jeff Fegley, owner Fegley’s Brew Works MORE
Baden’s most recent awards while brewing for Fegley’s included a gold medal win for Arctic Alchemy and a bronze medal win for his Berliner Weisse at the Great American Beer Festival in 2014. Arctic Alchemy was brewed based on a recipe derived from Bowen. MORE
Christopher Bowen – 484-554-6026 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Fegley’s Brew Works – email@example.com