Latest Specialty Beer: Hefeweizen
Summertime beer lovers, rejoice! Our German Style Hefeweizen is back on tap as our latest summer seasonal, and this batch is getting rave reviews. Since winning a gold medal in 2010 at the Lallemands Yeast Brain of Brewers competition, this house beer has made an annual return with a strong following.
A bit about traditional Hefeweizens: European Hefeweizen is thought to date back to the 11th century and is a popular favorite in Southern Germany. German Hefeweizens differ greatly from their American Hefeweizen counterparts, however, in that the traditional strain of yeast offers fruit and spice flavor and aroma. Also, lemons were not typically added to Hefeweizens until American breweries began producing them. Our opinion: do what you like! If you enjoy a lemon on your beer, we’re happy to add one, and we think it stands great on its own as well.
Also, this year we’ve upped the percentage of wheat malt from 40% to 60%, giving the beer a strong cracker-like flavor and hazy, unfiltered character. With its strong carbonation as well, this brew is refreshing and palate cleansing on a hot day.
About the Beer
This German style wheat beer has a hazy yellow color and very mild banana and spice aroma. The light mouhtfeel is accompanied by clean clove and cracker flavor. 5.8% abv, 18 IBU
• Organic Wheat
• Organic Pilsner
• Bittering: Organic Magnum
• Flavor/Aroma: Organic Sterling
• Southern German Munich Wheat
Beer and Food Pairing Suggestions
This summertime beer goes great with summertime foods, especially those available at your local farmers market right now. Our brewer suggests spreading Mama Terra Goat Cheese on a cracker with fresh lemon basil, a great appetizer for home. The creamy mouthfeel and lemon zest flavor pair great with the body and flavors in the Hefeweizen. Remember, we have liter and half-gallon size bottles for our beer to go, so take some with you for your own backyard pairing party. Here are a few pairing suggestions from our menu as well:
Blackberry Goat Cheese Cheesecake (seasonal special)
Quinoa Nut Burger
Goat Cheese Fondue with Apples and Crackerbread
Wood-Fired Wild Alaskan Salmon
Kick off August with a pint in hand, and let us know what you think about this year’s batch! We love hearing feedback and bringing back favorites for our regular customers. Happy Summer everyone.