Tonight is the night of my fantasy draft for football. I decided to a league with the guys from work (and my girlfriend) and we’re picking tonight. For me, it’s always difficult to choose who to pick and I always second guess myself. I’m picking 4th, which I absolutely hate. I prefer last pick because then you get the first and second picks in a row. Oh well. Hopefully I get someone decent.
Style: Rye Beer
Trivia: According to wikipedia, “Rye is one of a number of species that grow wild in central and eastern Turkey, and adjacent areas. Domesticated rye occurs in small quantities at a number of Neolithic sites in Turkey, such as PPNB Can Hasan III, but is otherwise virtually absent from the archaeological record until the Bronze Age of central Europe, c. 1800-1500 BC. It is possible that rye traveled west from Turkey as a minor admixture in wheat (possibly as a result of Vavilovian mimicry), and was only later cultivated in its own right. Although archeological evidence of this grain has been found in Roman contexts along the Rhine, Danube, and in the British Isles, Pliny the Elder was dismissive of rye, writing that it ‘is a very poor food and only serves to avert starvation’ and spelt is mixed into it ‘to mitigate its bitter taste, and even then is most unpleasant to the stomach.'”
Random: I’m really enjoying the whole beer out of a can thing. It’s really convenient for barbecuing.
This brew poured with a two finger, off white, fluffy head that left significant lacing on the glass. The body was a clear copper color with moderate visible carbonation. On the nose, I got a bit of hoppiness that was coupled with some nuttiness and sweetness, which I’m guessing is due to the rye. The taste had a bit of bitterness with some rye, followed with a little bit of citrus and toffee sweetness. The finish was a bit on the nutty side and quick. The carbonation is moderate on a thin body. For me, this was a really subtle, yet flavorful and refreshing beer. The rye doesn’t overwhelm the brew, but really adds something to it. I would definitely have this one again.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0