Archive for the ‘American Wild Ale’ Category

One of the beers that I had when I started the blog was 21st Amendment’s Hell Or High Watermelon. This was a Summer go-to beer for me for years, so when I saw that they came out with a sour take on the beer, I had to try it.

ABV: 6.7%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We have transformed our summertime watermelon wheat beer into Watermelon Funk, a mind blowing, shake your booty, interlocking sour bass lines with syncopated sweet fruit notes and downbeat aromas and we give you all that in a signature groove with the hip and sway of Lady Liberty.”

Random: Watermelon is one of my favorite fruits. I love when restaurants use it in salads, especially with blueberries and a light citrus vinaigrette.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, bright yellow with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had notes of watermelon rind, yeast and lemon juice. It also had a white vinegar note. The taste had a decent amount of tartness and reminded me of watermelon Berliner weisse. It had watermelon flesh and rind up front. There was also notes of white vinegar and yeast. The body was on the lighter side with lots of carbonation. The finish was lengthy with watermelon rind. A can of this was $2.17, which came to $.18 per ounce. This was a solid beer and one I would search out again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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Tonight’s selection is a funky beer that I picked up directly from the brewery.

ABV: 7.45%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “3 Stars Brewing Company is a brewery delivering on the promise of bringing locally hand crafted artisanal ales to the DC beer community. The company was founded by Dave Coleman and Mike McGarvey, two longtime friends who decided to seize the opportunity to build a brewery and produce high quality beer in the District of Columbia – hoping to make this world-class city a world-class craft beer destination. Mike and Dave started out as homebrewers, developing recipes on a homebrew lab system in Mike’s basement. What began as a hobby, soon became the main focal point of their attention. The duo then realized that building a brewery in D.C. was just the type of project they had been looking for. They began writing business plans, searching for a suitable property to house the brewery, and discussing the project with local friends and business associates as a potential investment opportunity. With an unwavering dedication to crafting and brewing unique, complex, forward thinking beers the guys set out a path for the brewery with the purpose of creating highly innovative drinking experiences. To date, the brewing team at 3 Stars has released over 40 different distinctive beers and cultivated a reputation for pushing the envelope when it comes to creativity. They have been recognized for their commitment to their craft, and have received multiple awards for their achievements. They have been named DC’s Best Local Brewery two years running by Washington City Paper, and were named Rising Stars in 2014 by Star Chefs Magazine. Be on the lookout as they continue to innovate and create outstanding beers that offer unparalleled drinking experiences.”

Random: 3 Stars’s tap room was really open and inviting. It’s one of my favorites.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It went away slowly, but left no lacing on the glass. The body was a golden orange color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was filled with funk, white wine grapes and oak. Some warm vanilla notes came out as well. The taste followed suit. I picked up funky yeast with peach and bubble gum up front. The bubble gum reminded me of Juicy Fruit. There was also white wine grapes and then a generous amount of oak and vanilla. The booze didn’t make an appearance at all. The body was on the lighter side with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick, but tart with some leftover warm vanilla. A bottle of this was $15.99, which broke down to $.95 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer a lot, despite the hefty price tag.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Today’s beer was a selection from the beer store that was highly recommended to me by the staff. I haven’t had the best experiences with the brewery, but I thought it was worth a shot. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 8%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We added a boat-load of the most exquisite sweet dark cherries we could find, giving Upshitz Kriek an abundance of sweet and tart fruity flavors, balanced by a far from modest grist bill. Both our house Belgian yeast and a select strain of Brett Drei offer sensational contributions to give this sour ale its unique and delicious flavor. Just don’t be caught without a paddle.”

Random: This beer is available in bombers and on draft.

This beer poured with a half a finger of cream-colored head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was clear and bright red in color. There was a lot of carbonation visible as well. The nose had sour cherry juice, green apples and grape must. The taste was tart up front with black cherry juice, green apples, yeast and raspberries. There was a touch of light oak as well. The body was on the lighter side with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with black cherry juice. A bomber of this was $10.99, which broke down to $.50 per ounce. I thought this was a good beer and would make for a great sour to introduce new beer drinkers to.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

One Sunday afternoon, Val and I headed to the local bar and it was a day after their sour event. This was still on tap, so I gave it a shot.

ABV: 5.7%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “What began as a birthday gift, took on a life of its own. Proprietor David Walker cornered us one day and requested a sour cherry fermented beer for his 50th birthday. Done. A handful were sold at a Liberation, after which our loyal patrons demanded more. Voilà, Krieky Bones Batch #2! This beer begins its life as a Flanders Red style beer aged 24 months in a 2200 gallon French oak foeder. Sour Montmorency cherries are added and allowed a secondary fermentation. The aroma is of cherry pie complete with flavors of pie crust and spicy notes. Vienna malt notes give way to an assertive acidity, and a bright carbonation. A santé!”

Random: This is aged on 100% French oak.

This beer poured with a quarter of a finger of white head. It dissipated instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a reddish-brown color with a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose was filled with oak and sour cherries. It had some yeast as well. The taste also had a lot of oak and vanilla and sour cherries. Yeast was present along with some white vinegar. The body was medium thick with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with tartness and cherries. I enjoyed this beer, but I thought it would have a lot more depth.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Val and I have moved on to binge watching “Designated Survivor.” I enjoy the show, but it has a bunch of different mini plots in the show, making it necessary to pay attention at all times. We’ll see if it gets better.

ABV: 5.8%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We’re a small craft brewery located in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle. We have an eclectic focus on creating beer and strive constantly for innovation. You may not see the same beer every time you visit but we try to utilize fresh ingredients, complex yeast strains, and interesting hop profiles. We were founded on the principles of creating something as a family. Working together to make beer that represents who we are, and what we love. We may not all be related, but family is what you make it.”

Random: I have this habit of having to watch shows until the end, even if I stop liking them.

The beer poured with a huge and fluffy, four finger, white head. It was whipped and looked like egg whites. It took forever to dissipate and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow with intense carbonation. The nose had a lot of hay and grass with barnyard funk. The taste also had hay and a lot of grass. It also had some funk, although not as much as the nose. Pink bubblegum and yeast came through as well. The body was very light, bordering on too light, but still had a lot of carbonation. The finish was quick and grassy. This beer wasn’t cheap at $16.99 ($1.80 per ounce). Despite that, I enjoyed the beer a lot and I was glad I tried it, although the price would prohibit me from trying it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Val and I visited SingleCut in Queens when we were visiting friends there. We made some time to try a beer and pick up some cans as well.

ABV: 8.6%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “THIS COMBINATION OF BRETT FERMENTED, lacto finished ale was further enhanced with a guava fruit infusion. Tart, sweet, funky, fruity and downright thirst quenching. It’s sure to reverberate on your palatte, if not your mind.”

Random: I had a guava creme brulee once and it was amazing.

The beer poured with a wispy, one finger, white head. It went away slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and bright yellow in color. There was limited carbonation visible, despite the cloudiness. The nose was filled with lots of funk and horse blanket, but also had a huge amount of guava and orange segments. The taste was even more complex than the nose. There was significant funk with tartness and horse blanket. There was a lot of yeast as well and as soon as that note went away, it was all about the fruit. Juicy orange and guava and even a hint of watermelon came through. There was no alcohol on the taste at all. The body was on the lighter side with plenty of carbonation to make this go down a bit too easily. The finish was lengthy and filled with funk. This beer was really unique and I loved the combination and balance of the funk and the fruit. If you ever find this beer around and you like funky beers, this is worth a glass.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

I love Mystic’s beers, I just don’t like that their website doesn’t have all of their beers on it. I have to make a trip out to the brewery at some point.

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: I couldn’t find anything about this beer online, but there is a hotel in Paris named “De Varenne” that looks beautiful.

Random: Their label art is really unique and stunning. It’s simple too.

The beer was in a corked and caged bottle, but there was no pop of the cork. This beer is showing as retired, so I’m not sure how old it was. But, either way, it poured with a quarter finger of white head. It went away quickly and left no lacing on the glass. There was a decent amount of carbonation and the body was apple juice colored. The nose was filled with some young oak, golden raisins, white apple juice and apple skins. The taste was also quite fruity. It had white grape juice and skins along with golden raisins. There was also apple juice, oak and lemon peel. I didn’t get much funk on this, but the fruity flavors made up for it. The body was thin with light carbonation. I wish there was bit more. The finish was quick with white grapes. This was a beer gift from my parents, so I have no idea how much it was. I enjoyed this beer a lot. I just wish there was more funk and carbonation to it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0