Since I had never been to Blackstone, I decided to order the sampler, which allowed me to try six beers on the menu, including the two Brewmaster’s Specials. The beers on the sampler list included:
• Chaser Pale, a light-bodied Kolsch. (OG-1.046; IBUs-18)
• Nut Brown Ale, a classic British nut brown. This beer was quite tasty. (OG-1.050; IBUs-23)
• Maibock, a German beer fermented with an authentic Bavarian lager yeast strain. This was one of the Brewmaster’s Specials on the menu. (OG-1.068; IBUs-30)
• Pilsner, a golden lager spiced with Saaz hops. This was the other Brewmaster’s Special. (OG-1.052; IBUs-33)
• American Pale Ale, the hoppiest beer on the menu brewed with Cascade and Centennial hops. (OG-1.054; IBUs-36)
• St. Charles Porter, a chocolatey, British-style porter. This was my favorite beer on the list. (OG-1.054; IBUs-36)
All of the beers on the list were solid. I didn’t eat dinner at Blackstone, but I had a plate of pretzels, which were quite tasty.