For the Ninth Beer of Christmas, we combined beer with another of my favorite ingredients: agave (aka … the source of Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Tequila).
We’ve already had one wheat beer (see Style below) on the list this
Christmas, Napa Smith’s Wheat Beer. The nice thing about wheat (IMHO)
is that it’s a nice pallet to color upon. Some of my homebrew friends
have made wheats with peach, raspberry, and even jalapenos. It makes
for a nice backdrop for an additional flavoring.
The difference between this wheat and Napa Smith’s is that Napa went
with a straight forward what while Breckenridge experimented a little.
And their experimentation paid off.
The beer pours out in an attractive hazy golden. The head builds up
to a medium height and rapidly dissipates. But it sheds an enticing
floral smell that’s laced with lemon and what I can only describe as a
“backyard sweetness.” I’m going to call it honeysuckle. When I was
young, my mom had two giant honeysuckle plants in her backyard. At the
height of summer, the yard smelled so good. That’s what this beer
brings to the table.
Now, the taste is less exciting than the smell, but it’s still very
good. The wheat base comes through along with a light fruit zest that
seems to be from a combination of melon and lemon. And, of course,
there’s an extra layer of sweet from the agave. Hops plays little to no
part in this brew’s palate.
Definitely a summer backyard BBQ beer. This would go great with hot
wings on the grill, basketball on the driveway, and the smell of freshly
cut grass wafting through the air.
Brewer: Breckenridge Brewery
Location: Denver, CO
Style: Wheat Beer
Alcohol Content: 4.2% ABV
Interesting Note: Chalk up another one for the home brewers. In 1980,
Breckenridge founder Richard Squire just wanted to ski and drink great
beer. Skiing was easy in Breckenridge, but great beer was in short
supply so he began home brewing his own. Unfortunately (not really), his
beers were so good that he was soon spending more time brewing than