written by Terri Ogan
A taste of Dorchester has arrived at a bar near you. Percival Beer Company, an independent craft beer microbrewer located in Dorchester, is officially launching its newest brew: Dot Ale 1630.
Makers of the brew describe Dot Ale 1630 as an amber-colored, medium-bodied, gently hopped pale ale.
“I think we needed our own unique voice so people know that we’re here,” said Philipe Oliveira, president and founder of Percival Beer Company. “It’s a great town and a great neighborhood and we need something that portrays more or less our personality.”
Oliveira added that the neighborhood needed something that wasn’t too high on the premium scale, but something more in the middle that residents can enjoy and celebrate.
An official launch party, red-carpet event for this local ale is slated for Sunday Sept. 22 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Ashmont Grill at 555 Talbot Ave. in Dorchester.
“Everyone has been reacting amazingly to it,” said Ashmont Grill General Manager Tara O’Riordan. “There’s been a lot of support from the community. They try it and they love it.”
O’Riordan added that the restaurant has been “flying through” the beer. Currently they’re of the draft Dot Ale and is selling bottles of it.
Attendees can enjoy a free sample of Dot Ale, and enjoy music by Alexandria, a professional bagpiper from Southern New Hampshire.
Dot Ale 1630 first hit retailers in the area last July, appearing in Eagle Liquors on Dorchester Avenue. Earlier this month, the Ashmont Grill tapped the first Dot Ale keg.
Founded in 2011, Percival Beer Company brands are designed to represent the diverse neighborhood of Dorchester, according to its makers, and are based on simple recipes that aim to appeal to all.
Percival Beer Company brews include Dot Ale 1630 and Kompadre Lager, a Cape Verdean-inspired American brew, with crisp taste and brewed in a manner which creates a “distinctive and residual hop aftertaste,” according to the company’s website.
“Dorchester is really fragmented, but we never seemed in the past to come together as a neighborhood,” Oliveira said. “I’m hoping that Dot Ale will be the brand that connects the neighborhood and invoke pride and innovation. “
For more information go to http://www.percivalbeercompany.com/.
Editor’s Note: Hey, Percival Beer Company! When are you going to do a Southie beer?