With over 120 years of hard work dedicated to the richest and most flavorful beers, Berghoff Beers still face the challenge of satisfying every customers' lips with a cold bottle of brilliance. There's only one thing more enjoyable than a good beer and that's the perfect beer.
There is a long-standing tradition of brewers making special beers for winter, both as a little holiday present to their customers, and also because a bigger, stronger, darker beer simply tastes great in the dead of winter. This rich, smooth, copper-colored ale is brewed with six malts for a lot of aromatic complexity, with cookie, caramel, raisin and toasted marshmallow notes. New World versions of noble hop flavors bring a certain European elegance, but with a little more brash personality, topped off with the floral-and-citrus that the all-American hop—Cascade—delivers.
PECAN AND PUMPKIN PIE
STICKY TOFFEE PERSON
This beer is a superb Old World classic with a modern "Made in America" stamp. It is crisp and clean as a traditional European Pilsner should be, Berghoff Pilsner is a reinvigorated and fully modern version of the timeless classic. The union of American and German 2-row malts create a blend of New and Old World character, and use of non-traditional and unique varietals of German hops reimagine this New World Pilsner, but still remaining rooted and respectful of its Old World heritage. Our Pilsner pours a golden straw color topped with a heavenly white foam leaving intricate white lacing on the glass. The body is classically delicate yet complex with a balance of maltiness and herbal hop character balanced with a pleasing bitter finish, this beer will have you wondering if you have been transported to a biergarten in Germany.
Berghoff IPA has a beautiful orange-amber color with a nice hoppy nose along with fruity, floral and citrus notes; a nice blend of refined European character with a hint of more forward West Coast flair. Maltiness is also present on the nose, mostly of light raisiny notes from the caramel malt. The taste is balanced between rich and dry; while the bitterness is very clean and steadily builds to assertive levels as appropriate for the style. The finish is clean, bitter and tinged with toasted caramel and cookie malt notes. We didn’t hold back, but we didn’t over-complicate it either. Enjoy its great flavor in mindless pleasure.
This beer combines two great beer styles--hefeweizen and maibock--to create something unique and new, offering clean bright flavors and just the right amount of sustaining richness and complexity. Wheat adds a nice creaminess as does a little rye, also bringing a deep spicy/fruity character. Rockin'Bock presents some clean phenolic aromas with a bit of light toasted caramel, along with plenty of fruity notes. On the palate, it shows just a little richness balanced by a sweetly spicy middle quickly changing to a crisp, dry spicy/fruity finish and a long, spicy aftertaste. All in all, just a perfect beer for spring--bright and smooth with a hint of sustaining richness and the promise of warmth right around the corner.
Lighter Seafood Dishes
Chocolate and Caramel Dishes
Berghoff has always taken great pride in its history and roots. Yet, as a new generation of Berghoff Beer drinkers emerge on to the craft scene, it's time for us to distinguish ourselves. It's time to be trendy. It's time to be exceptional. It's time for the future. It's time to get ROWDY. Rowdy Root Beer is an alcoholic root beer that comes in at 6.6% ABV. Rowdy Root Beer is a unique brewed product mixed with root beer flavoring. The root beer mix is all natural sugar cane product. The aroma is that of a delicious draft root beer, leading into a smooth finish. The after tones taste of some of the delicious malts that the beer is created with. So it's time. Grab your blow horns and get Rowdy.
Oktoberfest beer as we know it has been a part of classic Bavarian lager repertoire for over 150 years, although the celebration itself dates back to 1816. The familiar rich amber lager we now know by this name originated in Vienna and migrated to Bavaria by the 1850s. Like the classics, our version is deeply malty, with just enough hops to provide a sense of balance. But our version lightens up the body a little to avoid being too sweet, making for a crisper drinking experience. We start with the classic Vienna and Munich malts, and use a few other types as well, for greater complexity as well as an easy drinkability. Slightly more hop bitterness as well as some pleasing hop aroma gives the Berghoff Oktoberfest a bit more punch and personality than the original.
ROAST CHICKEN OR PORK
SPICY DISHES, PIZZA, PASTA
Scratch the surface of the German beer tradition and you find gems like this: a crisply bitter golden ale from Northern Germany that faded into obscurity a hundred years ago. With its subtle honey notes and small dose of molasses which gives it a lightly nutty character, this is a beer that deserves a much wider audience. We follow the classic recipe, with a mix of three types of malted barley, plus wheat and a dash of oats for a creamy texture, plus tiny amounts of Wisconsin cranberry honey and light molasses, both of which add subtle shading of aroma. Hopping is vigorous, and along noble lines, but amped up a bit with some North American varieties as well, just to keep it fresh-tasting and bold. It’s an ale fermentation, so there is a hint of fruitiness that plays nicely with the honey and molasses notes.
CREAMY SAUCES, SCALLOPS
In the old days, most dark beers had a reputation for being heavy, even sweet. Not this one. By reinterpreting some historic German traditions, including the ancient “altbier” style of Düsseldorf and adding a decidedly 21st century American twist to it, we’ve created a dark beer with a dry, refreshing character and a ton of personality. We start with a mix or pilsner and pale ale malts for a complex, dry maltiness, then layer on specialty malts that add toasty, cookie and a little dark toffee character. All of this is balanced by a hop mix that adds to Sir Dunkle’s crisp complexity. Lagering rounds off any rough edges, leaving a satisfyingly dark-beer flavor with a clean drinkability.
GRILLED CHICKEN OR PORK CHOPS
MEXICAN AND CAJUN SPICY FOODS
Wit, or “white” beers—so-called for their hazy appearance—are a grand old family of beers that date back a thousand years in Northern Europe. Their longevity is justified; witbiers are complex yet subtle, dry but creamy, and always delightfully drinkable. Solstice is a carefully updated classic that starts with the traditional mix of super-pale 6-row malt and unmalted wheat and oats, giving the classic hazy appearance and rich creaminess on the palate. We use a specially selected coriander and an exotic Asian citrus called calamansi for a bright, tantalizing nose; then add a dash of hops for another layer of aroma. And, as with any good witbier, it is unfiltered.
FRESH SEAFOODS, OYSTERS, SHELLFISH
FRUIT SALAD, BRUNCH-STYLE EGG DISHES
In Bavaria, wheat beers were once the exclusive province of royalty, and it’s easy to see why. With their reliance on costly wheat, a refined aroma and a magical combination of complexity and easy drinkability, wheat beers tickle just about everyone’s fancy. They deserve wider appreciation. Straight-Up Hefe-Weizen is brewed with 60 percent malted wheat and 40 percent pilsner and other malts. It is an unfiltered beer with a cloudy appearance due to yeast and proteins that add a rich creamy mouth feel. A classic Bavarian wheat beer yeast is used, adding subtle layers of banana, bubblegum and spicy clove, the signature trio for the style. The finish is creamy, dry and just a touch tangy.
DELICATE CHICKEN DISHES
ASIAN FOODS SUCH AS SPRING ROLLS, PAD THAI
We used recipe details from a number of period sources, putting together a slightly modernized version, following tradition as much as possible. Berghoff Stock Ale uses the classic combination of lager, caramel and black malts along with some Belgian brewer's brown sugar to lighten the body a little to improve drinkability. It is then hopped up to a respectably high level with the original American hop, Cluster. Finally, East Kent Goldings and Hallertau Hersbrucker hops give it a unique old-school aroma. Fermentation is done with an ale yeast and in the presence of toasted oak, which adds a little soft vanilla aroma and a nice, crisp, slightly tannic finish.
Rack of Lamb
Your father’s red ale was pretty to look at but not much to drink, seriously in need of a personality transplant. But over the years, red ales have turned into the real deal, with a character as lively and big as any pale ale. Reppin’ Red blends seven malts for layer upon layer of caramel and toasted toffee with the uniquely peppery spiciness of rye and tops it all off with a mix of selected Pacific Northwest hops, chosen for their lively flavors and sophisticated aromas of flowers, pine and citrus. It’s a big beer that demands big food. Reppin’ Red is fantastic with grilled meat and steaks, and totally rocks a burger. For something different, try it with blue cheese or a nice, sweet slice of carrot cake—you’ll be amazed.
GRILLED MEAT AND STEAKS
Dortmunder is still famous as a brewing center, but its namesake beer is something of a rarity these days. The great beer writer Michael Jackson described the style as halfway between the austere crispness of a German pils and the lush maltiness of a Munich helles—in other words, a perfectly balanced all-malt beer. Starting with a base of U.S. 2-row pilsner malt, we add just enough lightly-kilned Vienna and Munich malts to add a slight caramel character. Hops are New World versions of European classics, smooth and clean, but with some real personality as well.
LARGE SALAD, ANY SEAFOOD OR CHICKEN
We used recipe details from a number of period sources, putting together a slightly modernized version, following tradition as much as possible. Berghoff Stock Ale uses the classic combination of lager, caramel and black malts along with some Belgian brewer’s brown sugar to lighten the body a little to improve drinkability. It is then hopped up to a respectably high level with the original American hop, Cluster. Finally, East Kent Goldings and Hallertau Hersbrucker hops give it a unique old-school aroma. Fermentation is done with an ale yeast and in the presence of toasted oak, which adds a little soft vanilla aroma and a nice, crisp, slightly tannic finish.
Rack of Lamb