Intended to be a low alcohol, sessionable brown ale that is driven by the contributions from toasted green cardamom pods and toasted ash wood.
Green cardamom pods are frequently used in Scandinavian and Indian cuisine and offer an intensely fragrant and unique mint-like spicy flavor that verges on sweet with a hint of licorice.
Overall, the beer has a mild, malted milk chocolate aroma that lives only in the nose: the flavors across the tongue are driven by the cardamom. It’s reminiscent of mint chocolates with a tingly, cleansing spiciness that lingers on the tongue.
The name is a nod towards our neighbor to the south, the Prospect Park Water Tower. More commonly known as the Witch’s Hat Tower, it dominates the local landscape. The beer was first brewed in 2014 to coincide with the winter solstice and the opening of Surly MSP.