ALL ABOUT CRAFT BEER IN THE CITY WE LIVE IN EXCLUSIVE MARCH NEWS
The weather is warming up as you can tell over the past couple weeks with all the trees and flowers blooming. We are creatures of habit; warm weather means swimming, picnics, grilling and light refreshing beers. With 90, 100 or even 110 temperatures that we have during the summer months; nothing is more refreshing than a nice cold beer. It still needs character and flavor just not the high ABV and big roasted flavors we crave with colder weather. So I thought I would review some styles for you to try this year.
• Pilsners-A light lager style with more bitter or earthy taste than a standard American Lager. Bitburger Pilsner is one of my favorites.
• American Wheat-Normally a lower Wheat percentage (30% malted wheat) , normally pours hazy and more hoppy than the German and Belgian wheat beers. Lost Coast Wit or Goose 312 Wheat are great examples of this style.
• Belgian Wit- Brewed with unmalted wheat and sometimes oats and malted barley. Wits are spiced with coriander and orange peel. Most popular commercial examples would be Shock Top & Blue Moon, but for “Craftier” examples try Alaskan White or Kronenbourg Blanc.
• Berliner Weiss-Low in ABV , high carbonation and refreshingly tart, this German style is soured with lactic acid and very low hop additions. Often times flavor syrup is added to this beer to balance the acidity Joseph James has a brand new seasonal Passion Fruit & Guava BerlinerWeiss.
• Gose-refreshing, tart wheat ale. This style also originated in Germany and presents a lactic acid acidity. This style is also known for having small amounts of coriander and salt added. The salt is light and adds to the refreshing, quench thirsting beverage. Anderson Valley Blood Orange or Briney Melon Gose
• Kolsch-Light, crisp ale with a little more malt character. This style has a nice dry finish. Most breweries do not brew this style year round and it’s only a summer seasonal-such as Alaskan Summer.
• Munich Helles- Helles means pale in color as these beers are. This style is most similar to an American lager, though it has a touch of sweetness and is less dry in the finish. Full bodied lager with a bready character and a hint of hop spiciness. Ninkasi Helles Belles is a nice representation of this style.
• Session IPA- An IPA that comes in below 5% ABV and is balanced and drinkable. Refreshing but still gives the overall impression of a hoppy IPA without the alcohol. I personally love Founders All Day IPA.
• Blonde Ale- One of the most approachable styles. Both ale and lager drinks tend to enjoy this beer style. Also referred to as a golden ale, very balanced between hops and malt character. Breweries will on occasion add honey, spice or fruits to this style. Kona Big Wave is one of the hottest Blonde Ales locally up 104%
• Saison- Saisons have yeast character with high carbonation. Fruity, spicy and earthy character defines this style. White pepper spice from the yeast strand makes this style unique. Try the Able Baker Test Site Saison.
Hopefully I’ve given you some new ideas for both your business and customers as well as your next cook-out!
Stay Cool-Drink Beer!
Saison in French means Season. This style originated in the Wallonia
region of Belgium. They are often referred to as “Farmhouse ales” as
they were commonly brewed in the farmhouse during winter time to
be consumed in the summer months. They were originally low in
ABV (3%) and were served to the farm workers to keep them
hydrated during the summer.
The yeast strain used in Saisons produces a phenolic white
pepper smell and flavor. White pepper has more of a
delicate spice flavor versus black pepper flavor. It’s very
distinct to this style along with the term “horse blanket”
referring to the smell that comes from the Brettanomyces
or lactic acid used. This style is often bottle conditioned also
and usually has very high carbonation like champagne. This
is such a versatile beer. It’s great for a refreshing summer
drink, mixes well with Orange juice for a Mimosa and is a
great option for wine drinkers. Nowadays Saisons are higher
in ABV (4.4-6.8%) and brewed for Craft Drinkers….not to
hydrate farm workers.
Session beer were named such for their refreshment and easy drinkability, essentially they were able to be drank in a sitting “session”.
Many European factory works would get longer break times in which they would be able to eat and drink a couple low ABV beers in that “session”, hence the name. Basically any beer
style can be made a “session beer”, by lowering the ABV from the classic guidelines. The goal is to reach a good balance between low ABV and character. Drinkability is the overall goal with an ABV below 5%.
• Tuesday 3/ 28-3-6p Kona Beer event at Wholefoods Strip Location
• Tuesday 3/28-6-9p Able Baker Tap Takeover Rebel Republic
• Saturday 4/1-Breckenridge Dinner @Libertine-Mandalay Bay
• Saturday 4/8-Great Las Vegas Festival of Beer
• Thursday 5/4-Artifice/Alaskan Brewing- Animal Rescue Fundraiser Event
• Saturday 5/6-Lee’s Tequila & Beer Experience at Red Rock Hotel