Someone once wrote that beer is a four-season sport, and of those 4 seasons, summer brew is perhaps my favorite. This summer, I’m noticing a new batch of local beers brewed to be drunk while sweating during the dog days of a St. Louis summer.
I’m also seeing the return of some summer favorites. For the third year in a row, the crew from Public House Brewing has worked hard to capture juicy peach flavors for their Farmstand Peach Ale.
The Beer Backstory
After working closely with Andrew Meggitt, Executive Winemaker at St James Winery, Public House co-founder Josh Stacy was impressed by the level of attention and integrity that Meggit brought to selecting the fruit he used for the wines. “This inspired me to start working with the team to start creating fruited beers,” said Stacy. “We have made several over the years, but this one seems to resonate the most with our customers and staff.”
A very sessionable beer at 5.3% ABV and a low bitterness rating of 16 IBU, this I feel that the team did a fantastic job of not overpowering the beer with the peach. Working to find the right balance between the base beer and the fruit, leaving you with a beverage that is balanced; beer first and then highlighted by the fruit.
“We think it’s the perfect beer for the hot summer days in Missouri. It’s light, balanced and easy-drinking, making it ideal to kick back with on a porch, patio or poolside,” said Stacy.
For those of you who don’t like your beers too sweet, I think you’ll be happy with this one. It’s not too sweet, bitter or dry.
On the pour: Golden, effervescent with a nice white head.
On the nose: The aromas you’ll receive from the bouquet are mildly fruity and peachy.
On the tongue: The base beer is present with the mild sweetness of 100% pure peach juice.