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Friday, June 15, 2007

Dogfish Head Festina Pêche

Dogfish Head Festina Pêche is described by the brewery as "a Neo-Berliner Weisse." I just love that kind of post-Schultheiss deconstructionist sub-text bullshit, so I'm looking forward to popping the top on this determinedly understated bottle; after the half-porn skin skin (yes, that's a deliberate double) of Chateau Jiahu, a couple of peach trees seem almost proto-folksy.

Hmmm...the head is brisk, bright-white, and dissolving rapidly. The smell is like a light peach sour. The beer is a slightly hazy light yellow. Wow! That's sour, all right, and the peach is not overwhelming or fakey. It's just this side of puckery, doesn't cling at all, and it's very refreshing. I'm saving the rest of this for a hotter day (it's an unseasonably cool night right now) for relaxing in the shade on my new Father's Day hammock (it came early, and well, y'know, no sense in leaving it in the box...). Best of all, it's SBP-approved at 4.5% ABV. Go get you some. "Neo-Berliner Weisse" indeed; forsooth, it's good!


TC said...

Tried this out the other day after falling in love with the "Berliner weisse" style at Nodding Head Pub. Loved it. Perfect kind of summer beer, I think. Makes me want to just sit in the back yard with some friends, music, and a cold case of these guys.

Anonymous said...

Went to the Bear Creek Brew Fest two weeks ago, and DFH advertised this beer in the pamphlet. Unfortunately they were no shows. I'm a huge fan of their beers and was pretty dissappointed, though heard that their rep for the area may have left. That softened the blow a little. Heading to Rehoboth in August. I really hope there is some of this left.