BEER STYLE / STATS:
Dry Hopped Berliner Weisse / 6.6 % ABV, 3 IBU
Local Solstice Pilsner malt, Local Solstice Wheat malt, Citra hops, Mosaic hops, German Kolsch yeast, and tart cherry juice
Winner of the Red Beer Homebrew Competition to benefit The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, this beer was originally brewed by Curt McCuistion. A dry hopped version of a traditional German Berliner Weisse, with bumped up alcohol and 80 gallons of Montmorency Tart Cherry juice from King Orchards in Northern Michigan. This beer tastes of cherries picked right off the tree with a mouth puckering finish that makes you want more. The can art also features a painting from Curt’s late mother Debra McCuistion.
Berliner Weisse is a regional specialty of Berlin; referred to by Napoleon's troops in 1809 as “the Champagne of the North” due to its lively and elegant character. Refreshingly tart, these beers are often served with a flavored syrup like Woodruff or raspberry, the Berliner-style Weisse presents a harmony between yeast and lactic acid.