Monday, April 27, 2009

Saranac Pomegranate Wheat

I heard some politician or TV pundit speaking about a free trade agreement with Colombia. I believe something already exists, but there is a lot of room for expansion on it. Anyway, my wife would be happy about it (she's Colombian, in case you forgot). When there is finally a good trade agreement in place, believe me that Colombia is an untapped market when it comes to craft beers. The people there drink Aguila and Club Colombia and a few other lager and pilsner types that are very bland and light and boring. I think you can get some imports, but nothing major. So basically the whole country is your target market. Remember, most of us used to drink crap beer until we discovered the good stuff, just like everyone there does now. Just an idea.

Today I'm drinking Saranac Pomegranate Wheat brewed by Matt Brewing Company in Utica, New York (yep, I was surprised that the brewery wasn't called Saranac too). Another one from Utica--must be the water. Anyway, they also say they're the oldest brewery in New York. Why don't we get all the oldest ones from each state and have a competition. Yuengling, which also claims country's oldest, gets to be first seed :).

So I know what you're thinking. Another fruity beer. When I lived in NY, I had the Saranac beers a lot, but I don't remember having this one before. So I thought what the heck. The initial aroma is pomegranate and bread. Flavors also dominate with pomegranate in a very sweet yet light way, almost a little too light and watery. Good carbonation brings out the pomegranate flavors as the taste develops, and those flavors last. Refreshing, good, just not my style. But I know someone who'd love it and will pass on the info. Much, much better than that apricot one I recently had, too.

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