Last night, I bought a six-pack ($8.99) of Amber's Ale, one of the first two lines from the new Bawlmer Craft Beers.
It had a large, thick head, a quick, front-of-the-mouth flash and a yeasty finish. I wish it had more body, though -- it was too thin.
All in all, it wasn't a bad first effort for the up-and-coming brewery, which operates out of the old Cork and Seal building in Highlandtown.
From the taste of Amber's Ale, you can tell brewer John O'Melia admires Belgian ales, and is using them as inspiration ...
Amber's Ale is a bit more than six percent alcohol, which is not nearly as much as the high-test Belgians, but more than your average American brew.
Bawlmer has one other beer on shelves right now: Formstone Ale. I haven't tried it yet, but I'll pick up a six pack the next time I see it.
Amber's Ale might not be the best local ale on shelves right now, but I'm curious to see what else Bawlmer comes out with in the near future.
(Photo by me)