Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver, Colorado. There is a farmer-lady with a pitchfork silhouette on the label--my guess would be that is Colette. There is a short intro on the side including the fact that this beer won the Silver Medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 2010-- pretty awesome. Suggested food pairings appear as usual, including the much-despised sauerkraut. My mom used to make that to sell at sporting events, and I'd have to leave the house; my best friend's sister would laugh when I'd leave on New Year's Day because it was part of the celebration. Can't Stand It! Especially the rank smell. Anyway, sorry for the side trip. This beer was bottled on March 10, 2011.
Musty, damp, wheaty, yeasty, lemony aroma. Flavors start a little different with a sugary sweet candy flavor. But that is immediately crushed below a mountain of lemon sourness, way more than I had anticipated. A crazy amount of funk and dirty hound dog flavors come next (and yes, the breed does matter). A distinct rice flavor and wheat texture also really work well together. High carbonation is excellent and combined with the 7.3% alcohol, they deliver a small prickly burn in the throat toward the end.
Refreshing and lemony dry finish. Very complex and different. I really find almost all beers of this style to have unique attributes from one another. This is not your grandpa's beer, and I doubt that most people starting to try different styles of beer will dig this right away. I certainly didn't. But give this style (and this beer in particular) a chance. They will grow on you! This is a must-try beer.
Push -- Colette MP3
Libby's Crispy Sauerkraut, 8-Ounce Cans (Pack of 12)
Roll Your Moneymaker -- Hound Dog Taylor