Notch have found a niche, and they're sticking to it! When launched in 2010 by Chris Lohring and Mary-Ellen Leahy, they became the first brewing company in the US to focus exclusively on session beer, brewing classic styles from the Czech Republic, Germany, England, and Belgium. They took the decision after feeling that session beer was underrepresented in the US,and they wanted to see how traditional lagers and pales could fit within their home nation's hoppy infatuation.
That choice has served them well. Notch have developed a strong reputation for producing beers that balance refreshment and flavour at 4.5% ABV and lower, including Czech pils The Standard, their German-style Zwickel Beer and session IPA Raw Power. We brewed a Smoked Amber Lager with Notch when they visited Manchester for Indy Man Beer Con this year, where they were guests on our bar.
FESTIVAL BEER LIST
Cerne Pivo, 4% Black Lager (vg)
The Standard, 4.4% Czech Pilsner (vg)
Kolsch, 4.5% Kolsch (vg)
Voll Helles, 5.6% Helles (vg)
* (vg) = vegan