Saturday, September 08, 2012

Beer of the Week (Vol. CLVII)

Another edition of Beer of the Week sponsored as always by the level headed folks at Glen Lake Wine & Spirits who can provide clarity in your quest to find the wine, whiskey, and beer you need.

These days, it seems as if you can’t swing an empty growler without hitting a new craft brewer who’s just starting up operations in the Twin Cities. Consider this list of breweries that have opened in the last two years:

Badger Hill-Minnetonka (2012)

Boom Island-Minneapolis (2011)

Excelsior Brewing-Excelsior (2012)

Harriet Brewing-Minneapolis (2011)

Indeed Brewing-Minneapolis (2012)

Lucid Brewing-Minnetonka (2011)

Pour Decisions-Roseville (2012)

Steel Toe Brewing-St. Louis Park (2011)

And there are plans for more on the way. The more the merrier in my eyes.

While most of the brewers have limited distribution at this point, you are starting to see more and more of them appear at more and more places. One of those that I’m noticing more is of late Lucid Brewing. Their beers are now available at Glen Lake Wine and Spirits. And our beer of the week is Lucid’s SummerTide Saison.

22oz brown bomber bottle goes for $5.99. Sharp label design with Lucid logo and seasonal colors of summer.

STYLE: Saison


COLOR (0-2): Auburn gold and somewhat cloudy. 2

AROMA (0-2): Malty and peppery. 2

HEAD (0-2): White color, moderate volume. 2

TASTE (0-5): Sweeter malts with some banana and citrus flavors. Lightly hopped with a touch of spice. Light-to-medium bodied and pretty drinkable. 3

AFTERTASTE (0-2): Mostly sweet with lingering spice. 1

OVERALL (0-6): A pleasant offering that offers a good blend of refreshment and taste for warm weather imbibing. The flavors aren’t as bold or as pronounced as some other Saisons out there. All in all, I’d say it’s a decent beer, but not especially exciting. Looking forward to see what else Lucid has planned for future releases. 3

TOTAL SCORE (0-19): 13