Fruit and Spice Beer
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Bright, citrus-driven beer with a touch of floral and spicy tones.
Our Holiday Wit Ale is a little piece of heaven. Everything Nice is about soft, refreshing fruity flavors that are a stark contrast to the heavily spiced brews we have this month. Bright juicy orange and citrus tones, fresh-cut flowers, bready, with a mildly spicy character from freshly cracked grains of paradise.
We decided we wanted to brew two contrasting Holiday ales, one being a brighter, lighter and juicier offering while still maintaining a certain seasonal flavor, the other being a richer, more dominant spice character that was just a fair bit more robust. We call them our Holiday Duo: “Something Spiced and Everything Nice.” These two brews were meant to be enjoyed next to each other to compare and contrast. Everything Nice is the lighter, “nicer” side of the coin.
This is an easy-going brew with some great pairing opportunities. For the main course, try this beer with fresh Sushi, or Ceviche. A great cheese course calls for softer goats milk cheese like Humboldt Fog. For dessert, try Everything Nice with a tangy orange sorbet.
FRUIT AND SPICE BEER
As with the aroma, the distinctive flavor character associated with the declared fruits and spices should be noticeable and may range in intensity from subtle to aggressive. The balance of fruit and spices with the underlying beer is vital, and the fruit character should not be so artificial and/or inappropriately overpowering as to suggest a spiced fruit juice drink. Hop bitterness, flavor, malt flavors, alcohol content, and fermentation by-products, such as esters, should be appropriate to the base beer and be harmonious and balanced with the distinctive fruit and spice flavors present. Remember that fruit generally adds flavor not sweetness. The sugar found in fruit is usually fully fermented and contributes to lighter flavors and a drier finish than might be expected for the declared base style. However, the residual sweetness is not necessarily a negative characteristic unless it has a raw, unfermented quality. Some SHV(s) are inherently bitter and may result in a beer more bitter than the declared base style.