Beer: Red Poppy Ale
Brewery: The Lost Abbey
Style: Barrel Aged Brown Ale
Suggested Glassware: Chalice
From years of trying Abbey style ales Co-owner of Pizza Port Vince Marsaglia developed a love for them and was set on creating some of his own, but he needed a brewer who could bring his vision to life. When brewer Tomme Arthur was brought on-board in 1997 The Lost Abbey was born. Red Poppy is one of their Non-Denominational Ales and is “Brewed from a brown ale base and aged in our oak barrels for over 6 months.” Red Poppy is modeled after the Flemish Red Ales that have a distinctive sour characteristic. This is my favorite style of beer and Red Poppy is a great representation with its sour cherry flavors.
The Lost Abbey not only produces a great beer they also have some of the most impressive packaging on the market. The stark simplicity of the black label with a lone red poppy flower and silver text belies what awaits in the bottle, a complex and delicious blending of the new and old world. For more about The Lost Abbey and its unique offerings visit their website.