If you drank so much champagne on NYE that the thought of any kind of “mosa” makes you a little queasy, wait and read this post at a later date. Those of you who showed moderation, read on, and maybe even reward yourselves by adding this delicious bev to your brunch menu this weekend.
A beermosa is 100% as simple as it sounds; instead of mixing champagne and orange juice, mix your favorite beer with orange juice! Our first combination features a holiday beer that we’ve already talked about during the Twelve Days: Port City’s Tidings Ale. The Tidings was an obvious choice because its booziness and carbonation give it a champagne-like quality. The yeastiness really stood up to the orange juice, and a tad bit of spice was still present at the end. This tasty beverage was the perfect way to start our New Year’s Eve festivities.
For our second attempt we used Tröegs Blizzard of Hops. We thought that the citrus notes in this light-bodied winter IPA made it an obvious choice to mix with orange juice. Unfortunately, the taste of the beer wasn’t strong enough for the juice. Bitterness was the only flavor that came through, and combined with the tartness of the orange juice, the aftertaste was just a bit too bitter. We’re not giving up on an IPAmosa! We’re convinced that it’s a good pairing; this just isn’t the beer for the job.
What brew would you like to try in a beermosa? If you discover any good combinations, please let us know! Don’t worry, if your New Year’s resolution is to eat more fruits and veggies, orange juice totally counts. 😉