Name: Block Party Fest(ival) Bier
ABV: Less than 0.5% ABV
Quantity: 4pack/16oz. cans
Description: Let’s get the elephant right out of the room. There are numerous styles of festbier. This one is an homage to the Mecca that is German malting, brewed with the historic German malt, Isaria 1924, the oldest certified German heirloom brewing barley. We can’t imagine this has been brewed with in a non-alcoholic beer before, so that’s cool as hell.
To give the beer a historically accurate recipe, we added in some painfully expensive spelt malt (only the best for you!). This historic grain helps to give body and wheat like flavors, with the added benefit of being softer on those that have reactions to wheat. We then sprinkled in just a pinch of Munich malt because, well, "everybody else is doing it, so why can't we?". And just like that, a softer colored nuanced malt bill was born. I repeat, its not brown, or orange or copper. Its pale yellow, with a distorted haze from the spelt.
There were a lot of hops we could have used to be true to style, but it seemed fun to put our own riff on it. Perle and Opal hops it is. A Oregon beer brewery has raked in a coveted pair of Red Overalls for their lager skills recently using Perle in German lager, two years in a row I believe (full disclosure, our brewer also has earned himself a pair of those red overalls for a GABF Award winning Czech Pilsner). So, that hop has our attention. All this attention to detail creates our first go at a full-blown, non-alcoholic German style lager, and we couldn't be more pleased with how it turned out.
Tasting Notes: Soft cracker notes, a mosh pit of floral spice, all with an encore worthy crushability. Drink side by side with a bohemian to see how similar but different two origins of amazing lager compare!