- Style: American Wild Ale (USA! USA!)
- ABV: 5.5%
- Ease to locate: Chicago area craft beer stores & some craft bars. Here's a link to their Beer Menu page for locations. I don't have a link for places that won't show the World Cup matches in the background though. So sorry.
- Color: Ruby liquid with orange tones. Hazy like fresh fruit juice. Very pretty coloring for a summer beer.
- Head: One finger head of pure white, tight foam. Not much retention to speak of. Slight, soapy lacing.
- Aroma: Huge raspberry note with funky Brett on back of the nose. Bit of spice as well. Not particularly tart.
- Mouthfeel: Light, crisp & extremely effervescent. Refreshing.
- Finish: Medium body. Begins with the fruit & funk notes and slides to just funk on the tail.
- Food friendly?: Try it with summer salads accented with fresh berries or lightly spiced grilled chicken. Love this with buttery & creamy cheeses, such as Swiss or Goat cheese
Apple User's link: Rodney Dangerfield kind of wraps up exactly what's wrong with soccer. Creepy men in shorts.
It's amusing to me just how many seemingly normal people turn into rabid soccer (excuse me, futbol) fans once every 4 years. These are the same people that I've given my cell number to. People who know what I looked like during that "awkward age." Hell, I've even shared a beer with most of them! At any other point in time, I might let it slip that I happen to think that soccer (I mean, futbol) is a stupid, over hyped, waist of space on ESPN and no one would blink an eye at my statement. World Cup time comes and BAM! If I even roll my eyes at the mention that day's soccer (damn, futbol) game I'm suddenly deemed uncouth and unamerican. What's worse is that these so called fans try to convert me to soccer (FUTBOL!) fandom like some sort of crazed cult members of a group that worships honeycombed balls and scarves in the summertime. Ain't gonna happen. No way. No where. No how. I will tell you what I am a crazed fan of and that's beer brewed with fresh summer fruit. Say, just picked raspberries (excuse me, framboise) for instance.
I would pair Lake Effect Brewing's Brett Frambois with slightly sweet and mildly spiced dishes to offset the beer's inherent funk-attude (yes, I just made up that word. It's pretty awesome, isn't it?) Try it with Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken . I believe that the honey & Dijon marinade might compliment the Brett note while the addition of a steak sauce to the sauce's profile will add a savory element. Alternatively, a fresh beery studded salad, such as a Berry & Spinach Salad with Curry Dressing will work at bringing the fruit flavor forward while letting the Brett note off set the mild curry spice. Or, honestly, just wait to crack this ale open on a hot & humid Saturday afternoon. Maybe while (other people's) kids are in some random field kicking a battered ball around in a seemingly pointless fashion. I guarantee that it will help make those 2 hour games that end with a 0 to 0 tie a bit easier to swallow.