Lazy Magnolia Bramblin’ ManDecember 1, 2016
Handsome package sings Mississippi music, on early radio. Perhaps the singers pictured also foraged for blackberries, since this is a blackberry wheat. The golden ale is blushed with purple. Ecru head starts high and quickly ends on a low tone. Barnyard nose is sexy and inviting with floral and fruity essences. Beer is dry and acidic on the palate, more like cider than most wheat beers—refreshing and delicious. Hardly a shotgun wedding as I imagined, the acidity of the beer was a perfect marriage with tea-smoked duck, humbow and plum sauce.Charles Finkel is founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co. Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of beers in America.
Hefe-infused yeast haziness hints toward deliciousness. Pleasantly complex sour fermentation comes through aroma promising more with flavor. Complex and round sourness is admired on the “delicious” scale. Well-balanced sour and dryness, yet with enough body and blackberry character to recall memories of summer’s good times. A beer to reminisce with and enjoy its absolutely essential refreshment. Finishes clean. No funk, yet strong complex sour finale. Very high drinkability. Deserves a fancy bottle and a place in the super hero section of craft beer. Mississippi never had it so good.Charlie Papazian is the author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and national beer examiner at examiner.com. Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.