Extra Special Ale
Our first-ever and most-beloved brew, ESA helped establish a following for cask-conditioned beer in the United States back in the ‘90s. East Kent Golding hops give this British-inspired ale a subtle spiciness, which complements the strong malt backbone. ESA is floral, earthy and smooth with hints of chocolate and caramel, rounding out this deep chestnut-colored ale.
STYLE English Ale
COLOR Deep Chestnut
FORMATS Exclusively on draft and cask
SIGNIFICANT INGREDIENTS East Kent Golding and Styrian Golding hops
AWARDS 2012 Great American Beer Festival: ESB Bronze Medal; 2010 World Beer Cup: Bronze Medal; 2003 Chicago Real Ale Festival: Bronze Medal
PAIRINGS ESA's seamless blend of malts and earthy hops match well with fat and fire, like a coal grilled ribeye or lemon/olive oil octopus. Also hard, aged cheeses or roasted veggies.
YEAR INTRODUCED 1995 - the original Yards ale!