HOPS & GRAIN 787Ö2October 24, 2016
This beer is a great offering that pairs well with summer’s special treats. From lazy river inner-tube floats to backyard happy hours, 787ö2 zips along the palate so refreshing and crisp, it’s easy to see how a can could disappear before you know it. Pouring a light straw color, a white head comes forth, but then dissipates quickly. A sweet, grainy aroma pairs with notes of lemon and grass, and flavors follow suit, bringing a crisp and slightly spritzy symphony to your tongue. A bit of honey sweetness sneaks in around mid-palate, but quickly fades, revealing a grassy, lemony hop finish.Lisa Morrison has been writing about beer for nearly 20 years. She also owns Belmont Station, a well-known bottle shop and taproom in Portland, Oregon.
I’ve seen saisons and barley wines in cans, so Kölsch isn’t the surprise it would once have been. What’s interesting is that Americans are now more interested in Kölsch than non-Kölner Germans are. The white foam rises gamely, but quickly loses steam. The color is bright gold. The aroma is lightly fruity with floral hop notes. The palate is crisp and clean, with the fruit following through the center, to a quick finish. Nicely brewed and eminently crushable, this is exactly what you want with a currywurst while sitting on a park bench in summer. If they allow that sort of thing.Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of The Brooklyn Brewery, the editor-in-chief of The Oxford Companion to Beer, the author of The Brewmaster's Table and the veteran host of more than 900 beer dinners in 15 countries.