After we tried Forked River’s Capital Blonde Ale, I posted that we could taste a plastic flavour. Turns out, one of the brewmasters read the blog and reached out to me for feedback. So, on one sunny Thursday, I went to the brewery and met with Steve and Dave. These two guys are what you would expect from people who run a brewery. Easy-going and great to talk to. I was only there for about 30 minutes, but it was the highlight of my week, for sure.
Anywho, as a thanks for coming by, they set me up with a few of their brews, including their first limited edition release, Ridunkelous.
It poured out very cloudy and beige. Julie said it looked like apple cider. The real stuff, not this new alcoholic fad apple cider. And the sediment, OH the sediment. It had floaties galore! It had a great wheaty smell that reminds me of a wit bier, and a dark colour that reminds me of a stout or black lager…mixed with wit bier. Maybe that’s all they did?
I loved it. Mark, for some reason, doesn’t like wit biers of any kind, so he only kinda maybe sorta liked it. The rest of the family, who happened to be there for some reason, said it tasted like lemon, cloves and “Not Canadian“.
At only 4.8%, this is a beer that I think, as long as you’re open to trying new beers, would be easy to drink.
As I sit here basking in the afterglow brought on by drinking this fine beverage, I can’t help but admire the Germans. Yes, they had their ups and downs with World War I, World War II, and communism (well, I guess there aren’t many ups in those specific examples) – but any culture capable of inspiring others to brew product like this must be doing something right. Steve and Dave (the guys from Forked River) aren’t exactly German-sounding names, but I’d like to believe that they adopted alter egos named Stephen und Gunther while making it.