Gold Rush

Is there some sort of competitive sport on television right now?

I wouldn’t know.

I’ve been too busy getting ready for the beer olympics.

I’ve been training really hard for the past three months.

Meet the competitors.

Dogfish Head: Festina Peche

Shiner: Ruby Redbird

Twin Lakes: Pale Ale

Sam Adams: Imperial White

Rogue: Hazelnut Brown Nectar

Dogfish Head: Chicory Stout

The criteria:

Each beer will be judged on aroma, color,  flavor, body and mouthfeel.

Let the games begin.

Dogfish Head: FESTINA PECHE

Description: Malt Beverage Brewed with Peach Concentrate

Aroma: Fruity and flowery

Color: Pale yellow

Flavor: Tangy, tart, like white wine

Body & Mouthfeel: Light and bubbly

Judges notes: One judge loved its crisp and bubbly mouthfeel and thought it would be delicious mixed with fresh fruit a la sangria wine. Other judges were less impressed but drank it anyway because its beer and who turns down beer?

SHINER: RUBY REDBIRD

Beer brewed with Texas ruby red grapefruit juice and with ginger and natural flavor added

Aroma: Lemony, light, citrus-y, ginger-y

Color: Cloudy, pale

Flavor: Tart, ginger, citrus

Body and Mouthfeel: Light, bubbly, and tingly

Judges notes: A judges favorite. Strong ginger notes with a crisp finish make this a summer drinking staple. Reminiscent of ginger ale but with a spicy adult kick.

TWIN LAKES: PALE ALE

*Disqualified for making derogatory comments about the Dogfish team and West Nile Virus.

SAM ADAMS: IMPERIAL WHITE

Wheat beer brewed with orange and coriander spices.

Aroma: Syrup-y, honey-ish

Color: Golden

Flavor: Caramel, sweet, honey, slightly bitter after-taste

Body and Mouthfeel: Thick, coats your tongue like honey

Judges Comments: Many judges were turned off by the bitter notes at the end. One judge drank every drop of the other judges glasses and declared this one of the best of the games.  This particular judge loved the thick, rich, sweet beer so much that it was automatically given an honorary gold medal.

ROGUE: HAZELNUT BROWN NECTAR

Ale with natural hazelnut flavor

Aroma: Syrup-y, caramel

Color: Dark amber

Flavor: Sweet, syrup-y, coffee-ish, smoky

Body and Mouthfeel: Rich and smooth

Judges comments: A coffee lover’s beer. Sweet, nutty, and smooth. Would be perfect for cool Autumn evenings and seasonal apple desserts.

THE RESULTS:

The Summer games require a good summer beer.

The gold medal goes to Shiner Ruby Redbird for its light, citrusy flavor and its crisp, refreshing kick of ginger.

The judges were really hungry after an afternoon of competitive beer drinking.

They refueled with fresh peach salsa served with crispy blue-corn and flax seed tortilla chips.

There’s no need for a recipe here.

Add fresh, ripe peaches to your favorite salsa recipe and serve in halves of avocado.

Add whole grain tortilla chips for a meal that will fill you up with heart healthy grains, healthy fats, and enough antioxidents to replace any nutrients lost during extreme beer drinking.

Go for the Gold.

Tasty, golden amber beer, that is.

KEEP CALM AND GET YOUR DRINK ON

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