This next beer was one of my more noteworthy pickups from my vacation last week, and not just because I got to enjoy while surrounded by some pretty amazing scenery.
Beer Name: Blackberry Creme Ale
Brewery: Big Water Brewery (Salisbury, NH)
Style: Cream Ale
Description: Details about this beer and the brewery are a bit sparse, but from what I was able to glean from the website and the local press Big Water Brewing is a small, one man operation run out of the brewer’s home. Apparently this particular beer starts out as a cream ale before being infused with blueberries.
Appearance: Light amber/orange-colored body with a wispy white head up top and lively bubbles running up the center of the glass.
Smell: Sweetness and tart blackberries.
Taste: Tart blackberries were prominent throughout, though the beer was sweeter on the front end with hints of the cream ale base poking through more towards the middle and finish. There was also an almost funky edge to the tartness that came and went as the beer went on.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a syrupy ending feel and effervescent finish.
Hype: None that I’m aware of. I knew nothing about either the beer or the brewery going into this one.
Overall: Super tasty and really refreshing on a hot day in the mountains. It was nice and light and the berries gave it the perfect amount of fresh sweetness. I’d definitely check out more from this brewery based on both the strength of this offering and how intriguing I find the back story.