For Christmas, I received two large bottles, which have languished in my cellar, all but forgotten. However, with spring has come the time to test them appropriately, to give them their due.
First to be sampled and savored is the Wailing Wench ale, an offering from the Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd., in Syracuse, NY, which must be the seedier cousin to the St. Cecilia Brewery of Tryon, NC. Both take their inspiration from earlier times, but in the stead of John Dowland or Charles Parry, Middle Ages gives us the Wailing Wench. As befits any reference to Merrie England, the label is bawdy and in very poor taste. Wonderful woman. We're all very fond of her. Very free-spirited.
The beer does not disappoint; it is very tasty. A dark, cloudy copper in color, with only a moderate head, the Wailing Wench provides abundant hops to the palate (as is promised – with much innuendo that would please any contemporary or admirer of the Middle Ages – on the label: "Screaming with hops"), and a mild, pleasant aftertaste. And, weighing in at 8% ABV, it packs almost all the necessary ingredients for a good time. Brandt can't watch though, or he has to pay a hundred.
Stay tuned for Part II.