Latest Specialty Beer: Midsummer Dream Ale

Though the summer solstice is still new in our minds, we’ve put Midsummer Dream, our latest specialty beer, on tap. This microbrewed ale debuted last year and received high raves, so we thought we’d bring it back.

Description

Midsummer Dream is named in honor of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, located here in Ashland, OR. This ale offers a bright yellow color matching summer’s rays and a very light body. It’s a session-style craft beer with a lower alcohol content, making it the perfect choice to sip on the season’s long afternoons.

It’s no lightweight when it comes to flavor, imparting a distinct cracker-like malt character with spicy and floral nuances from the blend of Cascade and Centennial hops. Due to fermentation at a lower temperature (62F) than our other ales, this beer has a crisp, dry finish much like a pilsner (a member of the lager family, oh how we doth love thee). 4.9% abv

Malt

  • Organic Pilsner
  • Organic Crystal 15
  • Organic Carapils
  • Ashburne Mild
  • Acidualted

Hops – from Oregon!

  • Bittering = Centennial
  • Flavor/Aroma = Centennial and Cascade

Food Pairings

The dry (lack of sweetness) nature of this brew lends itself well foods that have more of a sweet character, creating a delightful marriage of contrasts. You can pair it with dishes that are lightly flavored to match the delicate flavors of the beer.  You don’t want to overwhelm this microbrew with heavy foods. Here are some suggestions off of our menu:

  • Wood Fired Pretzel
  • Monterey Calamari
  • Sea Scallop and Spinach Salad
  • House Greens
  • Creamy Garlic Chicken Pizza
  • Artichoke Chicken Wrap
  • Sauteed Veggie Wrap
  • Tempeh Stir Fry
  • Fish Tacos

At home, you can enjoy a liter or growler to go with a farm-fresh salad, locally-made bread with mild cheeses and seasonal fruit, or strawberry shortcake.

Cheers to summer! Celebrate it with us by enjoying Midsummer Dream soon. Like all of our specialty brews, and summer itself, it’s on tap for a limited time and will be gone before you know it.

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~ by larrychase on 07/01/2011.

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