Wild Ale Fermented in Oak with Second-use Raspberries & Blueberries – Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project 

Once upon a time, I was quite the wine drinker – I dabbled in white, red and anything that included bubbles. About four years ago that all ended. Don’t get me wrong I still very much love a good glass of vino. But as much as it pains me to admit it I might have actually ruined my palette with all the sour beers, bourbon-barrel aged beers – well let’s be honest with ALL the beers. This beer seemed like the perfect way to get back into the wine groove – almost like a path back.

Sour – Bubbly – Elegant – Crisp 

Visual: As you pour the beer into a glass the bubbles come leaping out of the can. Once in the glass, you are left with a pinkish/reddish beer almost too pretty to drink. There’s a slight haze since the beer is unfiltered but it doesn’t make the beer any less gorgeous.

Aroma: Blueberries first, raspberries second followed by a delightful funk.

Taste: This beer is perfectly carbonated for this lovely spring evening – it pops but is still smooth. The blueberry and raspberry intermingle as they dance across your tongue. It’s tart but not sour and it has an almost crisp-juicy finish making it irresistible to lick your lips.

ABV: 4.5%

Overall Beer Rating:     9 out of 10 spades