A few new bottles and cans (clap your hands) just hit our menu:
8 Wired Sour Side of the Moon – 500 ml, $19
New Zealand is a consistently underrated hotbed of innovative brewing, and 8 Wired is at the forefront. We’ve generally featured their big, burly stouts like iStout and Batch 2.18, but they’re great at sours too. Sour Side of the Moon is a barrel-aged “Flanders black ale,” and is akin to a hybrid of The Bruery Tart of Darkness and Rodenbach. It exhibits big black cherry notes, oak tannins, and a hint of roastiness.
Gueuzerie Tilquin Mure a l’Ancienne – 375 ml, $22
The newest of Belgium’s lambic blenders, Pierre Tilquin has quickly earned the respect and praise of both his colleagues and consumers. Mure is a blend of lambics aged on oak barrels with blackberries. Very tart and vinous, the beer opens up into blackberry jam notes, finishing with a drying oak character.
To Øl Sur Citra – 500 ml, $12
Just one of many in a series of sour-mash pale ales, this version features juicy, tropical fruit-like Citra hops. A perfect companion to the sour base beer, this ale is flush with flavors of mango, papaya, and guava. Oh yeah…in a can, to boot.
Trois Dames/Blackwell Grisette – 375 ml, $11
A grisette is essentially a table version of a saison. Lower in alcohol, and typically utilizing alternative grains like wheat, as this one does, and mixed fermentation, they are perfect companions to seafood and salads, or by themselves. This one is near-perfect, with a huge lemony flavor and champagne-like carbonation.