Anchorage Whiteout Wit

So, my beer buddy, iCarly (who you’ll inevitably hear more about) was discussing beer with me one day and we were comparing beers available in Virginia versus New Jersey. She saw on the blog that I could get Anchorage here and asked if I had tried the Whiteout Wit yet, which I hadn’t. She waxed poetic on how wonderful it was for about a good five minutes straight, so during my next trip to the beer store, I knew this had to come home with me.

ABV: 6.5%

Style: Witbier

Trivia: So, the brewery website has nothing about this beer on the website. I hope this doesn’t mean that they’ve discontinued it.

Random: I really should get to trying more beers from Anchorage. The ones I’ve tried so far have been really solid.

This bad boy poured with a one finger white head that dissipated slowly with some lacing left on the glass. The body was a clear, light yellow color with high carbonation visible. The nose was straight out Brett up front, couple with light oak, lemongrass and lemon zest. Can someone say, “yummy?” The taste was even better. Warm oak and vanilla notes started the sip. Then, light lemongrass and clove came through. A touch of white wine grape and Brett came through to finish the sip. Holy hell, this was amazing. The body was a medium thickness with high carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with vanilla. This was an absolutely outstanding brew. It was complex and flavorful and every flavor was well-integrated. Go buy this now, end of story.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

Anchorage Bitter Monk

I’m finally home after a day of academy. Today, it was all classroom stuff which makes the day drag. After academy, I started prepping stuff for dinner tonight. Katie gets out from work late, so I’m making her dinner when she gets out. The menu is filet mignon with a red wine/ruby-red port herbed demi and herbed compound butter paired with asparagus wrapped in prosciutto with a fig balsamic reduction and a parmesan risotto. Hopefully she likes it. Since everything’s prepped for that, I’m relaxing on the couch and ready to do a beer review from a brewery that I’m not one bit familiar with.

ABV: 9%

Style: Belgian IPA

Trivia: This Belgian IPA features Brettanomyces. I don’t think I’ve ever had a Belgian IPA with wild yeast. This should be very interesting.

Random: I tried to see what the brewery said about the beer, but they don’t have a website yet. Seriously? What brewery doesn’t have a website yet? That’s like not having a cell phone. Very odd.

This beer came out of a corked and caged bomber. The cork was pretty easy to get out and only had a slight pop. The brew poured with a gigantic head, about three fingers of pure white head that was thick and fluffy and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, almost straw yellow with lots of active carbonation visible. I thought the color was pretty light for a Belgian IPA. The nose was all brett…not that I’m unhappy with that. It’s been awhile since I’ve had a brett beer. Wow, this was really different. The brew started with a bit of grapefruit and tart citrus with a bit of barnyard funk from the brett. It was really light (body-wise) for a Belgian IPA and the booze and IBUs are really well-balanced out by the flavors. The finish was relatively quick with a hint of citrus. The body was probably the lightest that I’ve ever had with a good dollop of carbonation. This beer was just fantastic to me. It was an easy drinker despite the ABV and was complex and quaffable. I would definitely have this bad boy again.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0