Rhinegeist working on some new session beers
I popped my head in at Rhinegeist recently and had a chance to talk (and sample) some of their new brews. It seems “session” is the focus for most of their next round of beers.
Barrel Aged Uncle
Yep, you read that right. No need to fill a barrel with some super high gravity malt bomb when you can pull that oak and vanilla goodness into a beer that let’s you knock back more than a few without passing out in your lawn chair.
I was treated to an early sample that had just been transferred to the brite tank (pretty much uncarbonated) and it was pretty awesome. The Uncle thinned out a little and the barrel flavors shined through without an alcohol burn. Plenty of aroma, too. Fellow sampler, BeerMumbo.com, likened it to some watered down bourbon one might find when the ice melts and uttered, “Wow, I could drink 30 of these.”
It should make an appearance at their First Anniversary Party and see some limited distribution to local better beer establishments.
There is a saison on the horizon that will feature some rye malt. Expect this to be a little spicy and dry. It’s anticipated to finish a 4-4.5% ABV to make it a nice warm weather table beer.
Okay so this next one doesn’t follow a specific style but it’s features a simple grain bill with a little wheat to work in a slight tart finish. It will be an Uncle-like 3% ABV to ensure you can cut grass and play video games all day long. The inspiration for this one comes from Bell’s Oarsman ale.
Friday also marked the release of their first lagered beer, Puma Pils. It is considered a Bohemian/German pils which sums it up pretty nicely since it shares qualities from both styles. It’s an easy drinker with a crisp finish. I enjoyed my pint but at the end of the day I’m usually reaching for a Truth first. That being said, lager fans should enjoy this one and it’s good to throw in something that isn’t chock full of hops from time to time.