Hey, hop heads! Rachel here. Just wanted to take a quick sec to tell you about an amaaaaaaaazing beer I had this weekend. You might remember that when Maddy was in Denver she got to go to Crooked Stave, a brewery that specializes in sour beers. She gave such a rave review of both the brewery and the beers, that I’ve been on the lookout for CS ever since.
On Saturday night, after a tiring day at the NYC Toy Fair (quite an interesting weekend gig, btw), I stopped by Beer Culture to build a six pack. I was excited to see that they had a few Crooked Stave Beers in the cooler, and I picked up the Surette, a saison aged in oak barrels.
I had to actively restrain myself from chugging this beer, and not just because of residual Toy Fair stress, because it’s that dang good! It’s tart, fruity, and slightly funky, and then at the end has just a hint of woodiness from the barrel aging. Brettanomyces (yeast strain) and Lactobacillus (lactic acid producing bacteria) were naturally present during the aging, which gives the Surette its sour flavor. I enjoyed it with a piping hot bowl of leftover Moroccan stew, which randomly ended up being a good pairing. Because the stew contains sweet potatoes, carrots, and cinnamon, it’s slightly sweet, so the tart Surette provided a nice flavor contrast. According to Mad, it’s pretty hard to get your hands on Crooked Stave, but if you spot some, STOCK UP! You won’t regret it.