Let me start off by saying sorry for the delay in posting. Things have been crazy busy lately and I’m hoping it’ll slow down soon so there won’t be such a huge gap between posts any more. Now on to part 2 of our autumn mixed brews!
First I want to talk about the Ellicottville Brewing Company Blueberry Wheat Beer. Holy effin’ blueberry. This beer was very fruity but woodsy (woodsy like almost grass woods). I thought it was very good. It had nice, floral overtones that kind of got into your sinuses a little bit. Sometimes wheat beers are mellow and don’t have a really strong flavor, but this one surprised me. It was a very unexpected touch for a blueberry wheat beer. This is a wheat beer that would go well with meats or game. Some food types that it could be paired with would include lemongrass, rosemary, thyme, marjoram, fennel, or caraway seeds.
For this pairing, I’d do a pheasant confit wrapped in a lavender crepe topped with a white chocolate and lemongrass velouté, sliced red grapes, fried fennel shavings and a caraway seed-infused oil.
Then there’s the Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest. This Oktoberfest had a disappearing hop, meaning it was there and then gone real fast, which I was surprised to find. The flavors made me think of crunchy leaves, burnt ash, rotting pumpkins, and melting candle wax. How’s all that for October? We’re familiar with this beer family because we’ve enjoyed their Summer Shandy in the past. It kinda tastes like fruity pebbles, so my lady likes it. Don’t get the wrong idea though, it’s a light, fruity taste in an unobnoxious way. This Oktoberfest also reminded me of fruit, not so much in the beer but in the pairing. It’s a beer I would definitely drink with something very sweet to balance it out, like a dessert. I think this would be great with a nice caramel apple, blackberries, or tart cherries.
Speaking of, I’d make a nice maple poached Granny Smith apple dipped in caramel and pistachios, stuffed with a vanilla and tart cherry custard. Like last post, if you see something you like, comment below and I’ll try it out in a future post.