I like blended beers because it is such an art meets science moment.
Mixing two strong fruit flavors in the process just adds difficulty. But if anybody can pull it off, Ommegang can. Plus it is in a 12oz can, which is a great serving size for a tart beer.
I usually don’t talk a lot about Avery Brewing on this blog. They have kept up with innovating and the above caught my eye due to the addition of pears. I have had a couple of pear beers this year that have been fantastic and maybe we are rounding into an increase of Bosc and Comice. It will be fun to see if the combo of Imperial IPA and two fruits will meld together.
Let’s do an “Aplets and Cotlets” post for this month’s recommended beers. With peaches, guava and walnuts from all over the globe.
Dry River / William Guayabo7.50% ABV
Barrel aged golden sour ale with pink guava.
Dieu du Ciel / Péché Mortel9.50% ABV
Péché Mortel (French for “Mortal Sin”) is an intensely black and dense beer with very pronounced roasted flavours. Fair trade coffee is infused during the brewing process, intensifying the bitterness of the beer and giving it a powerful coffee taste. Péché mortel is brewed to be savored; we invite you to drink it in moderation. This stout style, high in alcohol and bitterness in order to favour preservation, was historically brewed to support the long and arduous voyage necessary to export the beer from England to Russia. The word Imperial comes from the fact that the beer was specially brewed for the Russian tsar’s court.
Jackie O’s / oil of Aprhodite10.00% ABV
Oil of Aphrodite is an American double stout brewed with Integration Acres black walnuts and Belgian candied syrup. English, German, American, and Belgian malts are accompanied by Pacific Northwest hop to create a sweet and rich spring board for deep nuttiness. Lay this beer down for a while and share with friends and loved ones.
All of these beers can be found at Sunset Beer Co. (unless they got bought up real quick)
Time to dive into a summer treat with the Peach Berliner Weisse from Angel City in DTLA.
From the Warehouse Collection comes this fruited take on the classic German beer style. It comes close to emulating the peach color but is a couple shades too light. There is a hint of fruit and tartness on the nose. The beer is very bright on the tongue with an almost soda carbonation. Throughout, the peach taste is there. Fleshy stone fruit notes almost but never gallops ahead of the beer. There is still quite a bit of grain here. The flavors end up sticking to the roof of the mouth with each sip.
Overall, this is a lovely and light beer that I think would make an excellent beer float.
Personally, a Cuddlebug sounds more dangerous than a Sabre Toothed Squirrel.
But a sour blonde with both peaches and apricots sounds too delicious to pass up. And at $12 a bottle, it is on the easier to purchase side than others on the market.
If you are a stonefruit fan then head to Smog City tomorrow and pick up a bottle or two. And if they have any other sours on, give them a try too.