GERMAN-INSPIRED SOUR WHEAT BEER
Dogfish Head is one of the United States' quirkiest breweries. Flying their freak flag proudly, they are known for their monster brews that frequently top 10 per cent alcohol. One of their finest achievements, however, is Festina Pêche, an homage to Berliner Weisse, one of the world's lightest bodied beers. A wheat beer brewed with special lactic cultures, Berliner Weisse is sour and dry. Traditionally, it is spiked with fruit syrup to offset its oddly yogurt-like lemonade tang. Dogfish Head chooses to add the fruit for you — in the form of fresh juicy peaches that add flavor (though not sweetness) to the beer. Festina Pêche manages to combine the dry refreshment of great beer with the tart and fruity tastiness of cider. At only 4.5 per cent ABV, this lithe beauty is a terrific partner for al fresco lunches, such as a spinach salad or Chesapeake crabs.
Price: $2.50 (12 oz.)