One night earlier this week Shane, Nick and myself were having a conversation regarding writing some articles for the website. During the talk, Shane noticed someone submitted a suggestion of Tröegs The Mad Elf years ago and we had never written one. For some reason, I still had one in my fridge and decided to finally add this one to our reviews.
Mixing different styles of beer can often lead to a great marriage of the best features of each style. My current favorite “hybrid” style is the wheat-IPA, the intersection of IPA and Hefeweizen. Browsing around a beer store in Maine I stumbled upon a beer of this style that I had to try, the Weiss Principal from Peak Organic Brewing company based in Portland, ME.
Sierra Nevada is one of those breweries that you can always count on to produce a good product. Their Kellerweis is one of my favorites and is pretty easy to find year round. The Kellerweis is a rather interesting beer as it brewed using traditional Bavarian style open fermentation, which is exceedingly rare in the United States. With that story in mind, onward to the drinking.
I first became aware of Starr Hill Brewery when I went to a Northern Virginia beer festival. There I sampled The Love, along with a few other offerings, for the first time. A few months later and it became an “always-on draft” offering at my local beer bar. The Love is a 4.6% ABV Hefeweizen with plenty of citrus and is certainly worthy of a review.
It has been hot in Washington, DC this summer. Super hot, like the hottest July on record hot. So I have been completely avoiding Porters and Stouts in favor of more appropriate brews. One of these is the Wheatland from Michigan Brewing Company. This 5% ABV Hefeweizen should be a fairly classic representation of the style with plenty of refreshing wheat and some nice spice notes.