Beer

Notch beers are available in six pack cans, twelve pack cans, draft or cask – see each beer below for package availability. Our beers are unfiltered, even our lagers, and with our Saison we suggest you rouse the yeast for a hazy appearance. All Notch beers have a born on date printed on the bottom of the can and on the 6 and 12 pack box.

Notch Session Pils

Notch Session Pils salutes the unfiltered pale lagers of the Czech Republic: crisp, herbal, and hoppy. The Czech culture is a beer culture - drinking more beer per capita than any other nation. And their beer of choice is the low gravity, unfiltered and unpasteurized pale lager (what we would call a Pils), known as "workers" or "tap" beer. In the end, Notch Session Pils serves the same function as Brit Session Beer - lower ABV, great flavor, and built for multiple pints.

Beer specs Style: Czech Pale Lager
ABV: 4.0%
Calories: 130
Malt: Pils, CaraHell
Hops: Saaz, Sterling
Yeast: Lager
Pkg: 6 pack can, 12 pack can, Draft
Year Round

Left of the Dial IPA

British malt, hard water and low gravity meets a new wave hop profile. The base malt is Fawcett Golden Promise, and that really sets this beer apart, along with a touch of Fawcett caramalt and oat malt. The hops smell of pine, resin and citrus. This is the hoppy beer to extend the good times, without the fatigue of bitterness or crushing alcohol content.

Beer specs Style: IPA
ABV: 4.3%
Calories: 140
Malt: Fawcett Golden Promise, caramalt, oat malt
Hops: Citra, Mosaic, Others!
Yeast: Ale
Pkg: 6 pack can, 12 pack can, Draft
Year Round

Infinite Jest

An American Pale Wheat Beer brewed with malted wheat, Pils malt and oats. Although a wheat beer, it pours only slightly hazy and is packed with fruity hop aroma and a delicate but noticeable hop flavor. Wheat beers are defined by the use of wheat, so do not expect the banana, clove, orange or coriander flavors and aromas of Germany or Belgium. This is an American Pale Wheat Beer!

Beer specs Style: American Pale Wheat Beer
ABV: 4.3%
Malt: Wheat, Pils, Oats
Hops: Equinox, Mosaic, Citra
Yeast: Ale
Pkg: 6 pack can, 12 pack can, Draft
Year Round

Notch Saison

Brewed to the original Saison strength, this is the classic farmhouse beer. Originally brewed by farmers to slake the thirst of seasonal workers (les saisonniers), this refreshing beer had a lower alcohol content that is not often seen in today's modern Saison. Notch returns the Saison to its roots, not only in alcohol content, but by using local ingredients much like the Belgian farmers. The wheat used in Notch Saison is malted by Valley Malt in Hadley Massachusetts.

Beer specs Style: Belgian Saison
ABV: 4.1%
Calories: 125
Malt: Pils, Oats, Red Winter Wheat
Hops: Sterling
Yeast: Belgian Saison
Pkg: 6 pack can, 12 pack can, Draft
April - Sept

Notch Black Lager (Cerne Pivo)

Inspired by the black session lagers of the Czech Republic known as Cerne Pivo, Notch Black Lager is malty, toasty, and infinitely drinkable. Cerne Pivo (pronounced CHAIR-nay) breaks the myth the dark beer is heavy, or that lower alcohol beer is light in color. Cerne Pivo is Czech for "Black Beer", and is a beer style indigenous to the Czech Republic. This style of beer is rarely found in the US, so enjoy a bit of the Czech session beer culture this winter.

Beer specs Style: Czech Black Lager
ABV: 4.0%
Malt: Vienna, Munich, Carafa
Hops: Saaz
Yeast: Lager
Pkg: 6 pack cans, draft
Nov - Mar

Hootenanny, Berliner Weisse

The ultimate summertime session beer refresher, our Berliner is tart, dry and very much a "sour" beer. Brewed with wheat grown and malted in MA by Valley Malt, this hazy beer will slake any thirst. The sourness is not in the background, it's right up front, so syrups traditionally used in Germany would be right at home.

Beer specs Style: Berliner Weisse
ABV: 3.3%
Calories: 100
Malt: Valley Malt Chit Wheat & Red Wheat, Pils
Hops: Mt Hood
Yeast: Ale & Lacto
Pkg: 22oz Bottle & Draft
Single Series: Summer

The Mule, Corn Lager

Our American Corn Lager (AKA Pale Lager) is brewed with Massachusetts corn, all American malt, and US lager hop varieties. A true lager, and a true American original, we revisited this much maligned style. An unfiltered, straw yellow appearance, that starts slightly sweet and finishes bone dry. The hops are the star - Santiam and Crystal provide nice flavor and big aromatics.

Beer specs Style: Corn Lager
ABV: 4.2%
Calories: 130
Malt: Rahr Pils, carapils, flaked
Corn: Valley Malt
Hops: Santiam, Crystal
Yeast: Lager
Pkg: 22oz Bottle & Draft
Single Series: Late Summer

Notch Polotmavy

Polotmavy is loosely translated as "half-dark" or amber as we know it, and is yet another style of Czech lager rarely found in the US. A distant cousin to the Vienna lager, it has a unique malt flavor without a sweet cloying finish. A delicate toasted malt aroma with a hint of Czech Saaz hop character rounds this beer out. It's a subtle beer, but a rewarding one.

Beer specs Style: Czech Amber Lager
ABV: 4.4%
Calories: 145
Malt: Vienna
Hops: Saaz
Yeast: Lager
Pkg: 22oz Bottle & Draft
Single Series: Fall

LP India Pale Lager

Just for fun, we took a session approach to the India Pale Lager trend. We are suckers for pale, hoppy lagers, so why not a pale lager that pushes the hop envelope? Each year we mix up the hops, and blend some of the newer varieties that all the cool kids like for flavor and aroma, but with none of the fatiguing bitterness that hangs on the tongue like an asprin.

Beer specs Style: IPL
ABV: 4.3%
Calories: 140
Malt: Pils
Hops: Ella, Citra, Mosaic
Yeast: Lager
Pkg: Draft only
Single Series: Winter

Single Series - Zwickel Bier

A German unfiltered Pale Lager brewed with German grain and hopped with slightly less traditional hop varieties US Sterling and New Zealand Ella hops. The beer is unfiltered and unfined so it will give hazy appearance from a combination of yeast and protein, both of which are delicious.

Beer specs Style: Zwickelbier
ABV: 4.5%
Malt: German Pils
Hops: Sterling, Ella
Yeast: Lager
Pkg: Draft only
Single Series: March-ish

Single Series - Between the Waves

A British Pale Bitter built on the back of delicious Brit malt, and then injected with US citrus driven hops. It's a combo we love - it pays respect to Brit session beer, while celebrating US hop varieties. So we call it an American Bitter.

Beer specs Style: Bitter
ABV: 3.8%
Malt: Fawcett
Hops: Mosaic
Yeast: Ale
Pkg: Draft only
Single Series: Summer

Single Series - Dog & Pony Show

An American Pale Wheat Beer brewed with Valley Malt pale malt and American red wheat. A bit of a riff off of Zen Arcade, but with a drier and crisper finish. Hopped with Mosaic and a bit of Citra, it carries a massive hop aroma, but shows only mild bitterness.

Beer specs Style: Pale Wheat
ABV: 4.1%
Malt: Valley Malt Pale, Wheat
Hops: Mosaic, Citra
Yeast: Ale
Pkg: Draft only
Single Series: October

Single Series - Either/Or

An American Pale Ale brewed with Canadian and German malts. The beer is a bit of a wild card, as the malt bill was designed for a pale lager, but we fermented cold with an ale yeast and then dry hopped at 3 pounds per barrel with Equinox, Mosaic and Citra. It tastes like a pale ale, so that's what we called it.

Beer specs Style: Pale Ale
ABV: 4.3%
Malt: Pils, Flaked
Hops: Equinox, Mosaic, Citra
Yeast: Ale
Pkg: Draft only
Single Series: August

Single Series - Rauchbier

Rauchbier in German translates to smokebeer, and it is one of the oldest categories of beer in the world. Our Rauchbier is brewed with grain entirely from Weyermann Malting in Bamberg, including a Beechwood smoked barley malt. The beer was fermented with our beloved Augustiner yeast, and then lagered for six weeks. It pours dark brown with a tan creamy head, delivers a sweet smoky aroma and flavor which is balanced by the dark malty richness.

Beer specs Style: Bamberg Smoked Lager
ABV: 4.2%
Malt: Beechwood Smoked Barley, Munich, Carafa
Hops: Tettnang
Yeast: Augustiner
Pkg: Draft only
Single Series: January

Cask Series #5: English Dream

Our love of cask ale was born of the British Bitter, and here we have a Yorkshire influence Best Bitter hopped with only East Kent Goldings. The EKG is a classic hop that is struggling to find brewers to use them, a result of the “fruitification” of hop varieties in the last decade. The ingredients are all Brit – Fawcett Golden Promise Malt, East Kent Goldings, Yorkshire ale yeast, and moderately hard water - and provides an aroma and flavor missing from today's heavy handed US cask ales.

Beer specs Style: Yorkshire Best Bitter
ABV: 4.1%
Malt: Fawcett Golden Promise
Hops: EK Goldings
Yeast: Yorkshire Ale
Pkg: Cask

Cask Series #4: Coffee Milk Stout

Fourth up in the cask only series is a collaboration beer with Drink Craft Beer! This cask only beer is based on the idea of the Breakfast Stout, where a few in the AM won't curtail your activities the remainder of the day. A British Milk Stout serves as the base recipe, where a significant portion of oats and milk sugar provide a creamy sweetness. The beer is then blended in the cask with a lightly roasted, fruity Colombian coffee. The result is an extremely smooth, mellow stout with only a light roast from the coffee and barley. A real day drinker!

Beer specs Style: Coffee Milk Stout
ABV: 3.7%
Malt: British Pale, Crystal, Black, Chocolate, Oats
Other: Lactose, Coffee
Hops: WGV
Yeast: Yorkshire Ale
Pkg: Cask

Cask Series - #3: Black Bitter

Third up in the cask only series is Notch Black Bitter. It's a strange yet intriguing little beer. Wholly British in every way, yet certainly lacking in any British tradition (to our knowledge, anyway). Think hoppy mild, or dark hoppy bitter. It is certainly not American in any way, as the British hops, malts and yeast dominate this beer, as does the dry finish from sulfate rich brewing water. We almost called this beer Oxymoron (aka Session Black IPA).

Beer specs Style: Bitter
ABV: 3.8%
Malt: British Pale, Crystal, Wheat, Oats, Carafa
Hops: Challenger, WGV, Fuggles
Yeast: Yorkshire Ale
Pkg: Cask

Cask Series #2: Bitter

Second up in the cask only series is Notch Bitter. While traditional in British brewing methods, it is nontraditional in ingredients, using German malt and hops. Look for the classic British Bitter characteristics (dry, balanced, tastes like more), but with a German influence. In an era of bigger is better, Notch Bitter shows that subtlety still has merit. It's pretty damn tasty too.

Beer specs Style: Bitter
ABV: 3.9%
Malt: Munich, CaraMunich
Hops: Saphir
Yeast: Yorkshire Ale
Pkg: Cask

Cask Series #1: Mild

Notch's Cask only series celebrates the roots of session beer, and first up in the series is Notch Dark Mild. While the British Mild has evolved over the centuries, it was the session beer of choice for the 20th century British coal miner. Notch’s Dark Mild pays homage to this worker’s beer – a very dark ruby brown appearance, malty and fruity aroma, a caramel maltiness with very low hop bitterness, and only 3.7% ABV.

Beer specs Style: Dark Mild
ABV: 3.7%
Malt: Pale, Crystal, Amber, Chocolate
Hops: Goldings, Willamette
Yeast: Yorkshire Ale
Pkg: Cask