The First Pour: Ska Buster Nut Brown
Cicero’s understands that when it come to beer, most people’s favorite is the latest and greatest new beer. Very few beer lovers drink the same beer over and over again. Sure, you might go back to an old standard, but you always try the latest beer first. For that reason, and others, Cicero’s changes their menu every week. When kegs kick, we change them up, unless we decide to keep it tapped for a while longer because it kicked so fast. With that in mind, we strive to keep you, our customers informed on our weekly changes. The “First Pour” series of blog posts will highlight and review the newest beers we have on draft for you. Again, we have a happy couple writing these posts for us. If you see them around, make sure and thank them for their hard work.
By Alaina Kantner and Mike Vecchio
Availability: Year round
If you haven’t had Ska’s most decorated beer, then you are most surely missing out. This English Style Brown Ale packs an awesome punch of flavor and is the “muscle” behind the Ska operations. No seriously, Ska has a really cool comic series that not only tells the story of how Ska came to be – and served as their business plan to the bank when applying for their starter loan – but includes each of their beers as a character in the story. Buster stands at a staggering 6’9″ and is 300 pounds of pure bone crushing muscle… and Victory and Munich hops, of course. (Read more about him here: The Legend of Ska.)
Buster Nut pours a dark brown with hints of red and deep copper coming through. The head is fairly light in color and sticky. It slowly gives way to a few spots of lacing. The aroma is rich; full of caramel, toasted walnuts and hazelnuts, and hints of both bread and chocolate. On the first sip you know you’ll be wanting more than one pint of this brew. This is definitely a nutty brown ale with tastes of both chocolate and coffee with hints of bread (Mike is able to distinctly taste pumpernickel bread and Alaina just says “bread”). Hints of hops come through on the flavor, but don’t linger long enough to be distinguishable. This beer is very carbonated and that masks the flavor slightly, but thankfully the flavors continue to develop and grow stronger as you drink it. A nutty aroma lingers with you after each sip and leaves you wanting more. We both enjoyed this beer a lot and would have it again without a doubt. Don’t take our word for it though, get to Cicero’s for a pint.
About the Authors – Alaina and Mike moved to St Louis from Ohio in 2008 and quickly jumped into the craft beer scene. Alaina has gone from drinking light lagers almost exclusively to enjoying maltier beers – most notably porters and stouts – and hefeweizens. In her free time Alaina enjoys reading, running, and attempting to teach their dog tricks. Mike has evolved from drinking highly hopped IPAs to enjoying a wider range of pale ales and traditional hefeweizens. Mike enjoys trying to teach his dog not to bark at anything that moves, reading about crime and gangs, and home brewing with his co-workers. Both Alaina and Mike have been attending Cicero’s Beer School for a year and credit it to helping them expand their knowledge of craft brew and assisting them to take the plunge into home brewing with their friends. Hopefully, they will bring in some of their home-brew one day.