Cheers to Beers
CHEERS TO BEERS
By Megan Wiskus
Though the Sacramento region has a bevy of craft breweries, in honor of International Beer Day on August 5, we found “5 Buzzworthy Brews from Around the World”—including a fruited sour from Cloudwater Brew Co. in England and an arctic pale ale from Einstök Beer in Iceland.
1//Arctic Pale Ale
Einstök Beer, Iceland
Balanced with three kinds of hops (Cascade, Northern Brewer, and Hallertau Tradition) and brewed 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle, this award-winning pale ale has a slight toffee flavor, generous hop aroma and flavor, and a perfect amount of bitterness. As the brewery says, “everything else will palein comparison” once you put your lips on this mild and uniquely Icelandic offering.
2//Single Fermented Belgian Pale Ale
Brewed with two-row summer malts and noble hops, this crisp, beautifully balanced and remarkably refreshing ale has subtle citrus notes, soft carbonation, and a golden-blonde hue. Each sip reflects the brewery’s commitment to quality and taste that they set forth almost 150 years ago.
3//I Still Got It
Cloudwater Brew Co., England
This fruited sour, brewed in collaboration with Bruery Terreux in Anaheim, is lightly soured with Cloudwater’s house lactobacillus culture before being fermented with JW Lees yeast and re-fermented with raspberry and passion fruit purée. Just like its punchy-colored can, the beer pours a beautiful ruby red and is perfectly sweet and tart on the tongue.
4//Red Rice Ale
Hitachino Nest Beer, Japan
Fans of sake will love this complex wild ale that features rice wine-like flavors with malty, sweet notes of strawberries on the nose and palate. Brewed using red rice from ancient times, it pours rosy-pink and tastes slightly tangy with a little funk and lots of fruit.
To Øl, Denmark
ABV: 4.1%Slightly salty, somewhat sour, and extremely effervescent, this balanced gose is hoppy, pungent, and deeply aromatic. Citra hops give it a kick of lemon and floral aromas that’ll hit you right in the nose. Its low alcohol content makes it a perfect choice for sessionable sipping on hot summer days.