Monday, June 18, 2012

Festina Pêche

Well, my contest to win Dogfish Head Fort and Chateau Jiahu beer labels, autographed by artist Tara McPherson, is over. But I decided to show you Tara's first two Dogfish seasonal prints, how I had them framed (you can see Audrey Aprihop below). Of course, I'll be pairing this gallery presentation with a review of Dogfish's summer beer.

This afternoon, I'm drinking Festina Pêche, a "neo-Berliner style Weisse fermented with peach juice", brewed by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Delaware. Here is last year's review; I've pretty much checked out this beer each year since starting the website, so I'm not going to quit now. Anyway, in case you weren't sure, this is the one bottled in 2012. Same label as year's past.

Peachy and tart aroma, very pleasant. I might go as far as saying I LOVE it! The tart start, while not unexpected, certainly shocks your taste buds. But you will get used to it. Lots of lovely peach flavors, better than I remember any other year, so I must say I'm pleasantly surprised and that it surpassed my expectations

There is a hint of wheat, but peaches are boss today. And their fruity sweetness is a welcome contrast and balance for the beer. Very juicy. Carbonation is great. Super refreshing. Your 4.5% alcohol is not really noticeable. The finish is dry. I must say that this is an excellent beer! Go get some before they bring in the Punkin!

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