I’m not quite sure when this happened, but somehow the calendar has flipped over into June! June, of course, is Pride Month and when I saw that my neighbors at Bone Up were once again brewing a special beer to mark the occasion we decided to make them next on our curbside pickup list.
Brewery: Bone Up Brewing Company (Everett, MA)
Description: Listed as a “hoppy Saison” brewed with Grüngeist hops.
Appearance: It poured a hazy, pale yellow body with wisps of white of white foam clinging to the edges of the glass.
Smell: Fruity sweetness atop a hint of spicy, floral yeast.
Taste: It opened with sweet fruit punch notes followed by a smooth, almost creamy run of pale malt mid-sip. The finish featured a mild spicy/peppery yeast presence more typical of the style accompanied by similar hop profile.
Mouthfeel: Roughly medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Hype: I was definitely looking forward to this one. Last year’s Pride beer was very good and I had no doubt this release would be something the brewers were, um, proud of showcasing as well.
Overall: Very tasty and a great beer to sit back with on a warm day. It drank like a NEIPA/Saison hybrid that captured the best and most distinct aspects of each. Definitely one of the beer highlights of quarantine this far. Grab one if you can!