Archive for the ‘Fruit/Vegetable Beer’ Category

Tonight’s selection is a beer that Val picked out. She loves the UFO series and tries everything they put out. They were also the series of beers that I cut my teeth on when I started the blog, so anything from the series brings me back about 8 years. I’ve never had anything that I can recall offhand with huckleberries, so I was very interested to see how this beer was.

ABV: 4.8%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: There is absolutely no information about this beer on the website except that you can use it to make huckleberry pancakes.

Random: The weather here is absolutely atrocious. I feel like all it does is rain and everywhere is flooding, especially by my job.

This beer poured with a two finger, pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and bright yellow with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had some blackberries and huckleberries along with an almost vinous currant note. There was some toasted wheat as well as a touch of spice. The taste started with some berry sweetness. I specifically picked up blackberries and blueberries. It had a slight sweetness after the berry note and went into wheat. The body was on the heavier side than I’m used to for this series, but it had enough carbonation to make up for it. The finish was lengthy and had some berry sweetness. A single bottle was $1.92, which came to $.16 per ounce. This wasn’t a big favorite of mine and I wouldn’t revisit it.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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When we were in Hawaii, we did a hike to a waterfall and there was a stand about a half mile down the road that sold drinking coconuts. Val decided that she wanted one because they were supposed to be “ice cold.” They were heavy and super warm, so she took one sip and then handed me the coconut. Hopefully this beer tastes better than that coconut.

ABV: 4.8%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our Mission…Brew quality, craft beer using the freshest ingredients, state of the art brewing processes and sustainable packaging to deliver a distinctive craft beer experience. The Rivertowne Beer Concept…The Rivertowne Beer concept was born in 2002 with the opening of Rivertowne Inn. Rivertowne Brewing Company initial production began in 2007 with the conceptualization of the Rivertowne Pour House, a local microbrewery and pub in Monroeville, PA. In 2009, we released three bottled varieties that were well received in the market. After 2 years, market demand prompted us to begin plans to open our own state of the art production facility.”

Random: I had this on tap at The Pour House in Pennsylvania.

The beer poured with a finger of loose, pure white head. It dissipated quickly, but only left some lacing on the glass. The body was slightly cloudy and lemon-juice yellow with lots of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with pineapple, coconut and citrus as well. There was wheat too. The taste was very tropical and had a lot of pineapple and coconut. The wheat came through next. The body was on the lighter side with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with pineapple. This was a great beer that I’m going to look for this Summer. Unfortunately, this was the only time that I’ve ever seen this beer out, so hopefully I find it again this year.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

The weather here is just crazy. It snowed the day after we came home from Hawaii. I even got off the plane in shorts! With the Spring coming, that means that I have to start cleaning up the lawn and get to planting. Anyways, this is a beer that Val picked out. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 5%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Just how awesome can a Shandy be? We use natural lemon and blueberry flavor, with pure cane sugar, for a zesty, refreshing and incredibly uplifting experience in taste!”

Random: I can’t wait for blueberries to be in season. They’re one of my favorites, especially when I get them from a farmers market.

This beer poured with a full finger of slightly off white head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was mildly cloudy and bright orange. There was a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with lemon juice, lemon candy and lemon-lime soda. There was very little blueberry in the nose. The taste was very similar. Lemon was the dominant flavor. It had a lot of lemon juice, lemon candy and lemon zest. There was some blueberry notes as the end of the sip, but it was very mild. The body was light with a lot of carbonation. The finish was instant with lemon zest. A can of this was $1.33, which came to $.11 per ounce. This was a solid shandy that I would bring to a barbecue in the Summer.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

There’s a local place in town that has really good food and a decent beer list that changes up with relative frequency. We go there a lot, but it’s just generally sad-looking inside. I wish they would give the place a good renovation given the amount of dust in the place. This was the beer that I chose one of the last times that I was there.

ABV: 6%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Paradise Pucker is inspired by the classic Hawaiian juice, infused with passion fruit, orange peels, and guava to create a delightful and refreshing sour ale. 11 INGREDIENTS: Passion Fruit, Orange Peel, & Pink Guava; Rogue Farms McKercher Wheat; Pilsner and Acidulated Malts; Rogue Farms Liberty Hops; Amarillo Hops; Yogurt; Kolsch Yeast and Free Range Coastal Water.”

Random: They recommend pairing this beer with spicy pork.

The beer poured with a quarter finger of white head that dissipated quickly. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and yellow with moderate carbonation. The nose was tart with some unripe
pineapple. It also had some guava and passion fruit on the nose as well. The taste was incredibly acidic. It had lemon peel, unripe mango and orange and then transitioned into guava and kumquat. The body was light with a lot of carbonation. It had a long, sour finish. I thought this beer was interesting, but it would be difficult to drink more than one. I could see how this could be a great pairing with spicy food.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

This was the other beer that Val picked up at the brewery. She loves strawberries, so this was a no-brainer.

ABV: 5.9%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Why do I have to do a tour to drink beer at River Horse when other breweries in the state let me drink without doing one? Do I have to take the tour every time I want to drink at River Horse, or is once enough? The law in the State of New Jersey is that a tour is required in order to drink on the premises of a production brewery. Unfortunately, once is not enough. NJ law requires a tour in order to drink on premise. It’s black and white. We understand that you may have had a different experience at another brewery but the law is very straightforward on this point.”

Random: This beer was a draft only release at the brewery.

The beer poured with a two finger, pure white head. It was relatively thick and dissipated slowly, leaving some lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and yellow with some visible carbonation. The nose was filled with milled grain, freshly crushed strawberries and a touch of rhubarb. There was also a touch of lemon as well. The taste was much of the same. It was filled with fresh strawberries instead of something that tasted like strawberry syrup, which was a pleasant change. The rhubarb came through next and wheat and grain was there as well. The body was on the lighter side with lots of carbonation. It had a quick finish with strawberries. This beer was light and refreshing and had a great fruit aspect. I wish this wasn’t a one-time release of the beer.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

It’s less than a month until the wedding (well, at least when you read this, since I prepost a long time in advance). I didn’t think wedding planning would be so stressful and there would be so many decisions. If it’s something I care about, I have a strong opinion, but I’m not the type to care about linen colors or fonts on a program. I just want everyone to have a good time.

ABV: 3.8%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Wheat Beer blended with Organic White Tea, Watermelon and Pomegranate Juice.”

Random: This is another beer that Val absolutely loves.

The beer poured with a two finger, light tan head. It went away quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and a brownish-yellow color. Because of the cloudiness, I couldn’t see any carbonation. The nose had a lot of fruity notes. I specifically picked up watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe. There was a white tea note after a few sniffs as well. The taste was all fruit and very little else. Watermelon jumped out first, then honeydew and then went into citrus. I didn’t pick up any tea, which was disappointing. The pomegranate came through at the end, along with some grains. Simple syrup was present as well The body was on the thicker side, despite the ABV and had lots of carbonation. The finish was quick with simple syrup and fruit. A can of this was $1.67, which came to $.14 per ounce. This beer was alright, but I wish it had more tea in it. It would have helped with the depth of the beer.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

I tend to get up earlier than Val on weekends because I’m so used to getting up for work. I’ve been trying to catch up on “Live PD” while she’s asleep and I update the blog. If you haven’t watched it, it’s really interesting.

ABV: 5.9%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Sometimes rhubarb gets a bad rap. It’s a vegetable that masquerades as a fruit and almost always gets paired up with its much more celebrated friend, strawberry. Well, rhubarb finally gets half the stage with Not Your Mom’s Strawberry Rhubarb, a flavored craft brew that reminds of you the fresh pies Mom used to take out of a box she got at the local bakery. The perfect balance of sweet and tart, this beer is made with real strawberry and rhubarb juices. This brew is so authentic, you can start fighting now for the last slice….err…bottle.”

Random: This was a beer that I picked up for Val.

This beer poured with a very small white head that went away by the time I took the picture. The body was clear and bright pink in color with a large amount of carbonation visible. The nose was all strawberry and no rhubarb or any other notes. The taste was sweet strawberry syrup and simple syrup with a touch of rhubarb. The sweetness was cloying and needed something to balance it out. The body was on the lighter side with too much carbonation. It had a quick finish with strawberry. A bottle of this was $1.83, which broke down to $.15 per ounce. This was definitely too sweet for me, but if you’re into really sweet sodas, you would probably like this.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0