Monday, November 19, 2012

Real Men Drink Blueberry Ale


Why I developed a love for Blueberry Beer!


Wachusett Brewing Company Blueberry Ale

Name: Wachusett Blueberry Ale
Style: Ale
Brewery: Wachusett Brewing Company

Discovery

In the future, I plan to spend some time discussing Trappist beers, with a focus on their fruity goodness, but I want to separate that genre from a more traditional ale like the offering from Wachusett Brewing Company.

I first learned about their Blueberry Ale while at a Happy Hour at my local watering hole. I immediately fell in love with it, and was roundly abused by my friends and co-workers. There were questions about my masculinity, suggestions that I needed an umbrella in the drink, and offers to buy me a white wine spritzer.

While I took the slings and arrows, I also noticed an amazing thing: not only did I enjoy it and continued to order it, I noticed some of those same friends who enjoyed heaping abuse my way started ordering these same beers when we’d go out.


Blueberry Wheat Ale from Bar Harbor Brewing Company

One rumor that I had heard from the bartender was that they got the recipe from the Bar Harbor Brewing Company. I can neither confirm nor deny that rumor, but it does make me want to keep any eye out for that Ale as well.

The Beer

I busted out a new six-pack, both because I enjoy it, but also to cleanse my palette from that tough to drink Malt that I’ve previously reviewed. In the poorly shot photo below, you can see that I went the extra mile by adding fresh blueberries to the glass. It make a difference, and almost makes it a health drink.


Blueberry Ale

As you can see in the picture, pouring at the right angle results in a great head. It dissipates quickly enough and you can get to enjoying your drink without a worry about a beer mustache. Referring to the highly refined, yet totally subjective Hitchens Taste Scale, I would put this ale at the -5 end of the range. It is certainly sweet, which is augmented by the blueberry flavor and my additional fresh orbs. It has a crisp, clean finish that doesn’t linger in your mouth.

Once you drink the beer, you have an additional decision to make. Assuming you’ve added the fresh blueberries, do you eat the remnants in the glass, or pour your next one over the top while adding additional berries. I’ve spent enough time at the bar to end up with a glass half full of berries. It does make for a nice snack!

Recommendation

I hope it’s pretty clear that I love this beer and I highly recommend it. If you can’t find Wachusett where you are, try another brand and let me know what you think.

- Enthusiast