I really like when a beer has an interesting story like this. It could have been a complete and utter failure and they could have dumped the beer, but instead, they made a new style. I first read about this beer in 2013 on another beer review blog, where they reviewed it favorably.
Style: California Common/Steam Beer
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Mid-Summer, 2012, a violent derecho windstorm barreled through DC, leaving one million people without power. Our brewery was out of power for five days, which left us unable to control the fermentation temperature of a tank of lager. We were determined to save our beer, the tank fermented at a higher temperature than intended. As a result, the beer changed from a lager into a California Common beer. DERECHO COMMON is deep golden in color, and has toasty, biscuity malt flavors. It is medium bodied with an assertive hop profile. It is hopped with Centennial hops, which give it a spicy, citrusy hop kick on the finish. The storm’s gift was this DERECHO COMMON.”
Random: I was incredibly excited to see this in the mixed pack that Val brought me home from DC.
This beer poured with a thick, two finger, slightly off white head. It left a lot of lacing on the glass and was slow to dissipate. The body was a clear, straw yellow with high carbonation. The nose had some grassy and earthy hops (which was surprising to me, because it was a very strong scent) with cracker and bread notes. The taste first presented with a lemon note and then quickly went into a bready note. Toffee made an appearance as well. The body was on the light side with high carbonation. It had a lemony and bready finish. This single was $.199 down in DC (which broke down to $.17 per ounce). This was a nice beer that was a pleasant change from all of the IPAs I’ve been having. This would make for a great barbecue beer and I can see why it is their summer seasonal.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0