Both calm and charming, Berlin, Maryland is the perfect setting for a laid-back brewery like Burley Oak. Burley Oak was formerly a cooperage, which produced oak barrels that were loaded with local produce and seafood and shipped to Baltimore in the early 1900’s. A key component in the process of aging craftegd ales, oak barrels are being brought back to the Burley Oak facilities, in order to create their delicious brews.
Burley Oak’s name derives from the land it currently sits upon. The town of Berlin is located on what was once the Burley Plantation, circa the 1790’s.
The brewery’s taproom was an attractive setup complete with a long, wooden bar and eclectic portraits and paintings adorning the vibrant blue-colored walls. With so many options to choose from on the draft menu, a flight of six 4 oz. pours was a necessity.
One standout brew was the Blueberry Peach J.R.E.A.M., a fruited sour ale with lactose. With a very tart feeling on the tongue, this ale was bursting with a refreshing blueberry and peach taste, that made me wish for those warm spring days! The smell was equally delightful, filling my noise with the aroma of freshly picked fruits. At 4.8% ABV, this would be the perfect beer to mix with a witbier, such as Allagash White or Dogfish Head’s Namaste
The next time you find yourself traveling down to Maryland’s shoreline, be sure to stop into the delightfully quaint Burley Oak Brewing.
For more information on their current brew selection, visit the brewery’s website at http://www.burleyoak.com