Tapped into Craft Libations and Victuals: Bell Tower Honey Brown from New Sarum
By Timothy G. Beeman II
I tried the new Bell Tower Honey Brown from New Sarum at Dogwood Hops & Crops and thought it was darn good. New Sarum is no stranger to my podcasts, either. I’ve had the guys on The Less Desirables as well as Sipping NC: The Art of Drinking. The brewery gets its name from the English town of New Sarum, which you may know today as Salisbury. And, since New Sarum Brewing is in Salisbury, NC. The name fits.
New Sarum brewery hit the scene in 2012 and we’ve tried their 142 Blonde Ale (with grits), Hurley Park Blood Orange Wheat, Roundhouse Robust Porter, Old Stone House IPA and High Rock Red Ale. The Bell Tower Honey Brown, though, is new and a limited edition. Don’t worry, Dogwood has plenty.
To me, the Bell Tower Honey Brown was more like a porter. It was a bit thicker than usual and tasted a little more roasted than a typical brown ale. That’s okay because porters are my favorite style. It’s brewed with wood fire-toasted almonds and honey made locally in Rowan County, NC. The ABV is higher than typical brown ales, too. It sits at 8.6%. Not a bad thing, at all. Just make sure you’re where you’re going if you’re going to have more than one. Overall, it’s a good beer and another winner from our friends over at New Sarum. I’ll rate it 3.75 pints out of 5. Slàinte mhath!