Origin: Herndon, VA
Style: Vienna Lager
In 2015, Andrew Kelley and Kai Leszkowicz realized they really liked craft beer, and they really weren't all that big a fan of their day jobs. It was time to throw caution and fiscal sanity to the wind, and open up a craft brewery. Aslin was founded on a love of beer and a pursuit of deep brewing knowledge. So many possibilities exist in the brewing world and so many beers are available through the simplest of changes to a recipe or brewing technique. The duo are big fans of experimenting to find new and exciting beers, but also rely on an intense dedication to quality brewing practices. Their goal is a redefinition of the American beer culture, oriented to great taste and dedicated techniques - the result will be delicious beers with deep pedigree and even deeper flavour profiles. Stating the Obvious is a Vienna-style lager, which uses a sophisticated brewing process to turn out a slightly sweet, crisp beer with darker body than you might expect but big flavour. Serves well at 8° and can cellar for up to six months.
Pours a golden colour with a clear body and low carbonation. A thin ring of bubbles around the rim of the glass is the only head.
A high note up front of a slightly sweet, flowery aroma that doesn’t really land on any one plant. In the background you can pick up the sweet malt aroma - a highly unified aroma profile on this beer.
The flavour on this beer follows the unified nature of the aroma - there’s very little to pull apart and separate out in the taste. It’s sweet and has a touch of bitterness that is reminiscent of chewing on tea leaves. A long time on the tongue will tease out a bit of roasted malt and herbal characteristics, but over all a tasty package that leaves a slightly dry finish.
This beer is crisp enough to pair well with sushi, especially the fattier options like Toro.