In 1787, a self-proclaimed scientist and mathematician, John Fitch unveiled a strange contraption to the curious Philadelphians assembled on the banks of the Delaware River. They watched as the first steam-powered boat moved upriver against the currents at a stately speed of three miles an hour.
Shortly after Fitch's triumph, Pennsylvania and New Jersey issued patents for his steamboat. Not long after, boats powered by steam-driven paddle wheels made passenger voyages to New Jersey’s Swedesboro, Bordentown, Trenton, and even Cape May.
We developed Steamboat Philly, a light and refreshing California Common, often referred to as a steam beer to pay homage to the marvelous engineering of steam technology. Much like the elegant craftsmanship that was put into the steamboats of yesterday, we developed this beer to also be elegant yet complex. Steamboat Philly uses bottom-fermenting lager yeasts at ale temperatures, which provides us with a unique profile that includes both ale and lager characteristics.
The crispness of Steamboat Philly pairs well with most American-style convenient foods we have grown to love such as cheesesteaks and hoagies.
Suggested Foods: Cheesesteaks or hoagies from your favorite Pizzeria
Dessert: Philly pretzels
Glassware & Serving Temperature
Flute—The conical shape helps maintain a pillowy head while offering an excellent view of the sparkling clarity of ales. The narrow design brings aromas to your nose as you tip the glass back for a sip
Best served at 50-55°F