Drinking on a Monday is a short column where I share that one bottle that I open after the most dreadful of all weekdays.
One of the things I try not to take for granted about living in Southern California is how accessible literally every release from The Bruery is. I remember a few years ago, in 2011, I was in Chicago and found a pretty decent bottle shop near my hotel. I spent some time talking to the owner and the beers he kept telling me to buy were two bottles from The Bruery. I hadn’t heard of them at the time (I’m from Toronto, we only hear rumors about the riches down here) so I picked up a Mischief and was immediately hooked. Now I’m a Preservation Society member and every 3 months I arrive at my office to find 3 rare bottles waiting for me on my desk, the tasting room is less than an hour down the i-5, and any time I’m at a bottle share I’m sure to be offered a Black Tuesday or something equally special. Its amazing to think that few others get that kind of access to these great beers.
While I’m a big fan of a lot of what they do, the 750ml bottles of 18% stouts can be a little much. I mean, you basically need 5 people over to drink a Black Tuesday. But what I love the most is the lower percentage sour ales they release a few times a year. A few weeks ago I picked up a Beauregarde (sour blond fermented with blueberries) and decided to crack it open tonight.
Beauregarde smells of light farmhouse funk and fresh berries. The color is a murky purplish-red, sort of like a cloudy cranberry juice. It pours with a centimeter of nice off-white head that quickly subsides to a thin ring around the top of my snifter. Very little lacing present. The taste is acidic and funky. A nice splash of tart apple that evolves into that fresh berry and oakey finish you expect from a Bruery beer such as this. The beer leaves a slight puckering in your cheeks. The body on this is medium but its quite effervescent so it feels lighter than it is, which makes it quite refreshing.
I recently tried the BeRazzled a while ago, which is a very similar beer except with Raspberries, and while it was quite good, it never quite lived up to my favorite sour that the Bruery does – Windowsill. This one with the addition of blueberries is able to stand on its own without it letting me compare it too much to others and I would highly recommend it. This was released back in June of 2013, so it might be tough to come by, but if you do, grab a bottle. You won’t regret it.
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