This extended time off has created a back log of beer reviews- written in longhand, in a notebook- but not posted. Why you ask? Well, while writing a review is fairly easy- buy beer, open beer, pour beer into glass, write down observations, drink, write down more observations- posting it to this space requires a tad more effort. I like to include info on the brewery, links to their web site, and other relevant facts and figures about the beer in the glass in hopes of pleasing the beer enthusiast reading this humble blog. Just regurgitating notes about how it tastes isn't quite enough.
Accordingly, for the next few weeks I'll be catching you up on all the great brews I've drank- yet not reported back on- in the past few months. Sound good? Great, lets begin!
The first beer in the "lost beers" series is called Wheelmans Wheat, and its brewed by a local Massachusetts brew pub, The Peoples Pint. It was given to me by a co-worker of my wife. Her name is Nichole.
First, a little bit about the Peoples Pint. In their own words, from their web site:
"We brew our own beers at our brewery on Hope Street; we invest in delicious desserts from Ellen Durabi; and our bar and kitchen menu has a variety of meals and appetizers that we hope will satisfy you. Whenever possible, we serve organic foods supplied by local growers and producers. For example, our veggie burger is made by Lightlife in Turners Falls and our certified organic sprouts are raised at The Gill Greenery. Our dishes are oriented around seasonal New England fruits and vegetables supplied by local farmers. Diemand Farm in Wendell raises our eggs and our black beans, red beans, and rice are certified organic.
Our priority is not only to provide you with fresh drinks and tasty food but to do it with as little waste as possible. You might notice that no disposable plastic and a minimum of paper items will appear on your table. Also, you may be pleased to know that all kitchen and dining room food scraps are composted and all plastic, cardboard, paper, glass and metal is recycled. Our brewery grain is composted. As a result, even on our busiest night, we have not disposed of more than one barrel of trash. We hope that the knowledge of your participation in this ongoing act of environmental goodwill enhances the time you spend at The People's Pint"
So, when you think "Peoples Pint", think locally produced food and beer, and socially and environmentally responsible practices. And they don't take debit or credit cards- so bring cash or personal checks.
The Peoples Pint, Greenfield, MA
Wheelman's Wheat pours a dark straw yellow, with a thin, loose, white head. The head collapses almost immediately, leaving a thin ring on the glass and trace amounts of foam on the surface. Looking deeper into the glass, I note that there appears to be a lot of carbonation- lots of bubble activity.
At first sniff it presents surprisingly boozy. The alcohol in the nose is surprising, especially considering that its only 4.5% abv, and that I let this breath for about 10 minutes before sniffing. Aside from the alcohol, there is a sugary sweetness that compliments and balances it nicely. I detect notes of tropical fruit- pineapple, or perhaps apricot. Very fruity.
Mouthfeel is stagnant and soft. The bubbles present in the pour have calmed dramatically, yet it doesn't feel flat at all.
Taste is in stark contrast to the smell- very mild biscuit like notes at first, which transition to a more malty taste, followed by a very, very mild tang of wheat, and wet, slightly sour finish.
Not what I expected in a wheat beer- no banana or clove- but not bad at all. Very refreshing and very drinkable, and isn't that all that matters?
I highly recommend this beer. Anyone up for a trip to Greenfield? First round on me!