I’ve mentioned it before, low-ABV beers aren’t only perfect for summer, they’re perfect for whatever the hell you call what we’ve got going on in the world right now. The lines between work and life are more blurred than ever, and the need to cut loose and try to relax a little is more vital than ever. Low-ABV beers give you the chance to do that more responsibly—or at least that’s the hope. Lagers, session IPAs and sours are my most frequent flyers of late, and when I saw a sour wheat beer with boysenberries and black currant from a brewer I’d never tried, I figured it was definitely worth a shot.
Courtesy of Stillwater, Oklahoma-based Iron Monk Brewing Company, Bright D WeizenSour features one of the best beer names I’ve ever heard. The “Tartmander in Chief” is an obvious play on the name of WWII-hero turned 34th President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The can art is gorgeous—a colorful landscape with a sunny and playful feel. This looks like a can of beer that would fit right in on a summer day.
The beer itself is playful too. The boysenberry and black currant lend WeizenSour a reddish-purple hue. It smells like fresh, tart berries. Their natural sweetness and sourness are reinforced on each sip. It’s more fruited beer than fruit beer, as the beer-like qualities of the sour wheat base aren’t lost amongst the boysenberries and black currants. Bright D. is a shock to the system, perfect for interrupting a streak of mild-tasting lagers and marking a segue into something more interesting. More than one may lead to some mouth-puckering, taste bud fatigue, but the “Tartmander in Chief” absolutely has a place in the rotation.
It’s a phenomenal name, maybe an even better can design, and, oh yeah, a pretty solid beer too.