The small New Hampshire Town of Hooksett is most famous for its historic Robie’s Country Store, a popular stop for politicians campaigning through NH for the last 6 decades.
Located 3 miles down the road from Robie’s is White Birch Brewing, known for making a wide range of brews including of one my favorite styles of Berliner Weisse. Consisting of a 30 barrel brewhouse, White Birch brews in smalls batches, with their brewing and canning done by hand and left unfiltered for the best flavor.
Head: Thin white head forms and disappears very quickly.
Pour: Light and hazy, looks more like peach juice then beer.
Nose: Peachy from the start with a juicy background. You can smell that tartness behind the peach.
Palate: Good amount of tartness, but not overbearing. A nice balance of peach and wheat for a rounded flavor. The finish has slight acidity that brings it all together.
Overall: A good balance of peaches and sour, reminded me of a wheat beer that was mixed with peach rings. I’ve had a few other of their fruity Berliner Weisses and this is my favorite. If you’re on the fence about sours, the peach in this one makes it easy to love.
Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Out Of 5 Pints
Founded in 1995, Dogfish Head could be one the most recognizable craft beer brands in the United States. Located in Milton Delaware and founded by Sam Calagione, they brew around 175,000 barrels of beer a year (that’s over 5 million gallons!). Known for their “off centered ales,” this wide ranging portfolio is geared towards unique and non-traditional recipes. Dogfish often collaborates with other brewers and has been featured on several documentaries and TV shows.
Festina Peche is a delicately hopped Berliner Weisse, brewed with peaches. The hopping helps soften the tartness, with peaches adding a delicate fruit flavor to the taste and aroma.
ABV: 4.5 IBU: 8
Pour: A hazy golden color, cloudy with mild carbonation.
Head: Very thin off white head forms, vanishing quicker then it appeared leaving no lacing behind.
Nose: Not much going on here, some hints of wheat and maybe a touch of peach.
Palate: Clean, crisp and very easy to drink. Has a tartness to it but isn’t not lip puckering sour. I would have liked to see a little more peach but still an easy drinking Berliner Weisse.
Overall: An easy drinking Berliner Weisse, just in time for the warm weather. This was light and wasn’t as tart as some would expect from this style. I’m a big fan of brewers using peaches, since they add nice sweetness but would have preferred a little more. Pairs nicely with bang bang shrimp, grilled chicken and goat cheese.
Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.0 Out Of 5 Pints
Evil Twin Brewing has rapidly grown in popularity, with its one-off style and limited releases offerings since 2006. Operated as a “gypsy” brewery, meaning they set up shop temporarily in other breweries like Westbrook Brewing Company in South Carolina or Two Roads Brewing Company in Connecticut. Leasing out space is no small endeavor, as last year Evil Twin brewed more than 7,000 barrels!
Tropical is a Berliner Weisse brewed with Passionfruit.
Pour: Very light golden with lots of carbonation. Almost champagne like.
Head: A thick off-white forms and hangs around before slowly fading.
Nose: A good amount of fruit, lots citrus with a hints of passion fruit behind it.
Palate: Very light and even sour, the tartness hits you immediately. Still a lot of citrus with not as much passion fruit as I was hoping for. Pretty acidic on the finish from all the tropical fruit.
Overall: Much more sour then I was expecting, I’m a huge fan of Berliner Weiss and this is one of the mow sour ones I’ve had. Would have liked a little more fruit flavor but still another great offering from Evil Twin. It may be sour but is still super crushable. Pairs well honey ham, French fries or a raspberry cheesecake.
Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.0 Out Of 5 Pints