You’d like to think I’ve run out of titles at this point but no. We’ve just built up a relationship over the last few weeks and I now feel perfectly comfortable making terrible puns with all of you.
I’m so very sorry.
It’s Wednesday again, though I know you’ve likely been trying your best not to notice. Just far enough away from the weekend to make it seem an eternity, and too close to Monday for comfort. You’re thinking a real friend would just use ‘obliviate’ and wipe all memory of the work week from your mind.
But this week, Josh and I have something a bit better for you. Wheat beers.
In truth, I fully believe my spirit animal, Hermione, would have been a big wheat beer fan. It’s a solid classic with a lot of history, but just enough wiggle room to make it unique. Plus, there’s an amount of aesthetic beauty in a wheat beer that carries along no matter the differences from brewery to brewery.
This week, Josh’s will be up first followed by mine.
Beverage: Apollo Tsai
Crafted by: FATE Brewing Company – Boulder, Colorado
For the longest time, I just couldn’t find a wheat beer that I really enjoyed; they all tasted similar, and the clove/banana flavor that so frequently accompanies them just wasn’t something I could get into.
With Apollo Tsai, FATE managed to create something that I could finally, truly enjoy.
FATE turned to Kyle Hollingsworth, a member of the popular jam band The String Cheese Incident, for help with brewing Apollo Tsai. The beer, a hopped-up honey wheat incorporates–believe it or not–Earl Grey tea, and pours a gorgeous straw color with a good-sized white head. The honey and tea immediately hit your nose without overpowering it, while the hops subtly play in the background.
The honey immediately mellows the flavor of the beer, with the bitter hops accenting the sweetness, and the tea adds some citrus notes to the finish without taking the brew over. Incredibly well balanced and insanely easy to drink, FATE created a beer that will disappoint me when it leaves shelves.
Beverage: Stealin’ Time Summer Wheat – American Pale Wheat Ale
Crafted by: Magic Hat Brewing Company – South Burlington, VT
I made the mistake of going against my gut instinct and giving this a try–the ginger made me do it. I tried to take the above photos in quick succession so I could give you an idea of how quickly the head on this beer dissipated. It broke my heart, if I’m being honest. I was hoping to see a thick, gorgeous head and then…this mess. The color was quite beautiful though, a slight lemon haze.
While the nose gives a very strong impression of wheat, I am sad to report it doesn’t hold up in the flavor. You couldn’t even call this ginger beer. I could likely achieve the same effect by soaking fresh ginger and some crackers in a glass of highly carbonated water. I feel very personally offended by this beer–it made my mouth sad which is the last thing I want on a Wednesday.
So…here’s hoping next week’s candidates are a bit more up to snuff. I’ll be taking a look at two different types of mead and I’m determined to report back with better news.
At the very least, we are all one glass closer to Friday and that has me feeling all kinds of magical. Until next week, beer geeks–maintain constant vigilance!