Summer may be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean that it’s time to put the Wheat beers away. I have enjoyed a few offerings from Maui Brewing in the past so I have high hopes for the Mana Wheat, especially since it’s made with pineapple juice. I’m thinking that alone should prove to be quite tasty.
My only connection to the relatively new Port City Brewing is Mike, and unfortunately his visits aren’t frequently enough to deliver their beer! On his most recent trip back, he brought with their first winter holiday beer, Tidings. Unlike most breweries that favor a Winter Warmer or Strong Dark Ale, Port City chose a Belgian Strong Pale Ale with honey and spices.
Variations on wheat beers are among my favorites. They range from a stock standard Hefeweizen, to a Dunkelweizen, and the more potent Doppel Weizen. The latter of these is what I have today, and this one is from Lagunitas Brewing Company out of California. Inscribed with a story about the origin of the beer and a very inviting picture of the beer on the label, you can’t help but dive right in.
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.
I’m not normally one to go for fruit beers, but there are select days where I really crave something with a fruity sweetness. Enter the Son of a Peach Wheat Ale from RJ Rockers Brewing Company out of South Carolina. A Wheat Ale on a hot day is a given, but adding some good fruity peach elements to that should up the refreshment factor quite a bit… if done correctly.