All of our current beers are available at the brewery in Toano, which is only a few miles from Colonial Williamsburg or a short drive from Richmond. The tap room is just on the other side of a wall from the brewing equipment and usually has our 5 year-round brews, 1 seasonal beer and 1 langrage beer available for consumption.
Barrage Brown Ale
bar·rage [buh-rahzh; especially British bar-ahzh] - n - Military: A heavy barrier of artillery fire to protect one's own advancing or retreating troops or to stop the advance of enemy troops.
An English style brown ale with some American influences. This beer is medium-brown colored with a thick, creamy head. Carried by a delightfully creamy mouth feel, a subtle but very complex flavor profile is presented that is malty, nutty and easy to drink. An experienced taster will pick up a blend of hop flavors with low bitterness as an herbal seasoning to the impressions of malt, caramel, toast and cream. This beer uses imported hops and base grains from the UK blended with American made specialty grains for balance.
A Scottish Wee Heavy style ale that is malty and smooth with a minimal hop impact. This beer is a dark amber color with a creamy off-white head. The aroma is bready with honey-like notes that blend together like sopapillas. Full-bodied, but not too thick, this beer has all the malty sweet flavors of a traditional Scottish ale with a subtle smokiness and the added complexity of oak and imported black treacle. At almost 8% ABV, this beer is strong, yet incredibly smooth and easy to drink. This is a dangerously quaffable ale.
Muzzle Flash American Amber
n - the visible light of a muzzle blast, which expels high temperature, high pressure gases from the muzzle of a firearm
Loaded with hop flavor and aroma, this beer does not have the bitterness normally associated with hoppy brews. The appearance is a rich honey-amber color hinting at its smooth, caramel flavoring, which balances the pine and citrus notes of Cascade and Zythos hops. Summit hops add a unique, but not overwhelming character of onion and garlic. With a medium body and slightly sweet finish, this is an extremely drinkable brew that is characterized by aromatic hops, rich malt taste and an uncommonly mild bitterness for such a hoppy brew.
Our IPA uses a blend of American and English hops to create a beer that is the best of both worlds. Combining Columbus and Kent Goldings hops, Broadside starts off with well rounded aromas of pine and citrus balanced against the earthy notes of the revered English hop variety. Those same flavors unite with crystal malts to create a vivid hop sensation without excessive bittering. Rye malt adds a subtle spicy character to the profile and creates a tongue coating sensation that blankets the entire mouth with hoppy goodness. This is a single IPA, so hop flavor and aroma take center stage while the bitterness, although definitely present, does not overpower them. The name Broadside was chosen by popular vote through our Facebook page and now we're proud to provide a beer that you all help us create.
smooth·bore [smooth-bawr, -bohr] - adj - Having a smooth, un-rifled bore.
A deep black ale with a thick off-white head. The mouth enjoys a luxurious coat without the heaviness one finds in most strong bodied stouts. Coffee and dark chocolate, with a hint of toasted bread and vanilla swirl across the palate as this beer is imbibed. The addition of steel cut oats further defines the silkiness of the body and provides a very mild sweetness. This stout is exceptionally smooth and easy to drink despite its dark chocolate notes and complexity.
Our seasonal beers rotate every few months and return as the seasons come back around. These brews are designed to compliment the weather and reinforce the shifting temperatures.
St. Barbara Heather Ale (Spring)
St. Barbara Sorghum Ale is a low-gluten ale brewed with sorghum, honey, heather tips and lemon peel. St. Barbara has been known for ages as the patron saint of smiths and artillerymen. Brass Cannon Brewing's St. Barbara Ale is a light, crisp ale that starts with aromatic notes of honey and flowers. The smooth, easy drinking body is followed by a light lingering bitterness on the finish. The floral notes and lively palate makes this an excellent spring beer that is well paired with sandwiches and light pub fare.
Split Shot (Summer)
The Split Shot is an American Wheat Ale brewed with 50% malted wheat and 50% malted rye. There is no barley in this beer at all. The Split Shot is a light colored, medium bodied wheat beer with a clean flavor and subtle spiciness. A fantastic brew for hot summer days. This was our very first seasonal brew!
A Märzen style beer that uses ale yeast instead of the traditional lager yeast. The higher fermentation temperature adds another layer of complexity to the already complex style. Malty with grain and biscuit notes, this is the type of brew you want for your own Oktoberfest celebration.
Great Turkish Bombard (Winter)CURRENT!!!
Also known as the Dardanelles gun, this beer is for the coffee lover. Using a porter as the base, we add dark roasted, fine ground ethiopian harrar coffee to give this beer a distinct flavor. We then blend in cardamom seed to create a mild sweet and spicy note. This is a true breakfast beer.
lang·rage [laŋg-rij] - n - Shot formerly used in naval warfare for tearing sails and rigging and consisting of bolts, nails, and other pieces of iron fastened together or enclosed in a canister. The technical term for cramming random items into a cannon in lieu of a cannonball.
Our langrage line is a series of small batch brews. The line consists of experimental batches and variations of our existing brews. These beers are only available in the tap room and rotate often, with no set release schedule.
A stout brewed with elderflowers. The flowers add an interesting floral aftertaste to this dark beer. Drier and less thick than the smoothbore stout, this beer does not have the oat-like sweetness of that year-round brew.
A variation of our popular Angry Scot Scottish Ale. This version has less alcohol and less body, making it more sessionable, and we added apple juice before fermentation to create a cider-like impression on top of the malty profile of the Scot. This beer pairs well with brisk Fall weather.
Hazelnut Coffee Brown
Our Barrage Brown ale infused with hazelnut flavored coffee. We let the brown ale ferment to finish, then filter it through coarse ground coffee beans. This is basically the same as making cold press coffee, except using beer instead of water. The result is a smooth bodied coffee brown ale with a nice hazelnut finish.
Our winter warmer is a dark ruby colored ale that floods the nose with aromas of cinnamon and cardamom without overloading the senses. It is thick and full bodied with a long, smooth finish. The spice flavors start the tasting experience and are backed up by mild vanilla and malt tones that gently coat the tongue and throat, while the spices linger long enough to remind one of a cold winter morning and grandmother’s fresh baked cookies.
Honey Basil Brown
We added clover honey and fresh basil to our Barrage Brown to create a beer that is both sweet and savory. Honey adds a distinct sweet flavor that is instantly noticeable, but not overpowering. The basil creates a strong herbal aroma and balances the honey sweetness nicely. The two combine to create a rich flavor that is truly wonderful.
This beer combines the hop forward flavors of an IPA with the malty and roasted tones of a great stout. The fusion of these flavors create a brew that is smooth, with a moderate hop accompaniment of grass and pine.
Rose hips, the fruit from a wild rose bush, have a distinct breadth of flavor that includes fruity, flowery and citrusy aspects. We combined this unique flavor profile with a light bodied kolsch ale to make this latest langrage beer.
We added a blend of Guajillo and New Mexico chile peppers to give this beer a kick of pepper flavor, but with only a little bit of heat. The flavors of the sweet beer balance with the peppers to create a full and round profile with a mild kick.
A lightly colored, unfiltered beer made using a trappist-style yeast strain. The yeast makes this beer somewhat dry with a slight fruitiness from the esters. This brew is crisp and easy to drink despite the relatively high alcohol content.
Fruity Oaty Bar
This is a variation of our Smoothbore Stout with fruits and additional oats added in. Much tarter than the original, the flavors of raspberry, blueberry and apricot combine with the additional sweetness of toasted oats to create a complex brew that should please any fan of stouts or sours.
A blend of Brass Cannon Beer and lemonade, we combined a light colored brew with sweet lemonade and added a touch of brown sugar to round the flavors out. This is a low alcohol beverage meant to be enjoyed in the hottest of weather. The flavor is lemony and a little sweet, with a carbonated zip and just a touch of alcohol.
A blend of the Saint Barbara seasonal and our Muzzle Flash, this beer is light bodied with a moderate bitterness that comes from multiple different sources. The addition of white grape and white grapefruit juices give this beer a fruity aspect that balances with the bitterness to create a flavor like citrus punch. Light malt flavors fill the mouth while additional citra hops added after the blending further emphasize both the citrus and hop aspects.
A variation of our Muzzle Flash Amber ale, this beer uses less of the sweet caramel malts and replaces them with additional bready and biscuit-like grains. We also used a single hop variety, Summit, in order to showcase the unique qualities of that hop. The high alpha acid percentage of Summit leaves this beer with more of a lingering bitterness than the original Flash, but the beer is still very well balanced.
A lightly flavored red ale with a hint of roastiness. Crisp and refreshing, this beer is truly a thirst quencher. This beer would pair well with any breakfast foods or lighter fair.
An American style wheat beer with a significant berry flavor. The beer pours a dark purple color with an off-white head. The aroma and flavor are full of blackberry tones and a mild citrus undercurrent.
Watermelon Peach Pale
A light colored and mildly bitter ale with the unmistakable flavors of watermelon and peach. The fruit flavors are mild enough not to overpower the beer, but strong enough to give this brew a fruit-snack kind of impression. It is well carbonated, with a light lingering bitterness.
Wet Hop Pale
A richly aromatic beer brewed with freshly picked Cascade hops. The hops were picked only hours before they were used and give a rounded, but notable hoppy flavor. We then dry hopped with Columbus hops to maximize the herbal presence.
An American golden ale brewed with raspberry puree. This beer is gold in color with a slightly reddish overlay and a stark white head. Both the flavor and aroma are of fresh raspberries melded with the slight bready quality of American pilsner malt. Medium-bodied with a slightly acidic bite, this beer is full of flavor, but easy to throw back. The title comes from a nickname of the brewmaster’s wife, whom the beer was originally made for several years ago as a birthday present.
This beer was made from the very final runnings of our Great Turkish Bombard porter. We boiled it seperately with different hops (and no coffee) to make a beer with all the malt attributes of a porter, but in much lower quantities. The flavor is lightly roasted and a little dry with very mild chocolate flavor and a light, crisp finish.
Based on our Barrage Brown Ale, this beer is a highly potent variation made from the same grain bill. We took some of the unhopped wort from a Barrage mash and boiled it down to half the original volume, effectively doubling both the malty flavors and the potential alcohol. We then fermented it using both ale and champagne yeast with a touch of brown sugar added in for good measure. The resulting beer is smooth and amazingly malty without a whole lot of sweetness. A mild alcoholic bite nips at the tongue and warms the throat as it goes down. At almost 12% ABV, this one packs a whallop. Due to the high alcohol content, we are limiting this beer to 4oz sample sizes and will not be pouring it in pints.
An amber ale with McIntosh apple juice blended in before fermentation. The juice adds a mild cider-like quality and a crisper, drier mouthfeel.