Sunday, July 11, 2010

Beer of the Week- Mothership Organic Witbier

As the summer begins to wind down it becomes increasingly important that every great activity is paired with an equally delicious and well crafted beer. Enter the fine folks at New Belgium Brewing Co. and their first venture into organically produced beer in the form of Mothership Organic Witbier.

As the name infers, Mothership organic wit is a white beer brewed in the Belgium ale tradition. The taste and color of a traditional wit has been elevated by the craftsmen at New Belgium (affectionately known as the Mothership by its employees) with organically grown wheat and barley as well as coriander and orange peel spicing resulting in a balance of citrus and sour notes suspended in a bright burst of carbonation.

Upon pouring a Mothership, the cloudy light amber-honey hue of the body will embrace the glass. Mothership is an unfiltered beer(there is a little yeast bottled with the product) so make sure to pour 3/4 of the contents of the beer into your class, swirl the remaining liquid in the bottle, and pour into the glass to create a cloudy body and a light, aromatic head to this beer.

The first sip of the beer opens with a burst of orange peel tempered by the slight bitterness of the organic barley. This organic wit finishes with the smooth notes of the coriander spicing and a slight sweetness reminiscent of bubble gum.

Chef Todd Davies Off Tap House Grill suggests pairing New Belgium's summer offering with jumbo lump crap cakes with braked leeks and saffron while Derek Kennedy of Cheese Afficiando likes to pair Swiss and Asiago cheeses with this Witbier.

At $8.39 for a six-pack, Mothership Organic Witbier by New Belgium brewery is a nice, light option on a 85 degree day in the Second City. In a summer beer market composed of the likes of Summer Shandy, Honey Weiss, and Bells Oberon, Mothership organic wit is a beer for snobs such as myself as well as for wine drinkers looking for a change of pace.

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