So I went out to DEBC this Saturday to try the new Farmhouse Wit, and was surprised at how little the turnout was. Not sure if its the weather or possibly the Derby, but there was lots of room and all the employees were available to chat with. Needless to say, I made sure to snag Drew (Brewmaster) to ask about these bad boys:
He told me that the majority of them are an American Barley Wine, which he plans to keep on the barrels for 8 months, at which time they will be blended with unaged beer. So look out for this monster to ring in 2013 (assuming the Mayans are wrong). He also said theres a few (I believe I counted 4) IPAs in the barrels, but he wasn’t sure when they’d be released.
In addition to getting some info on these future beers, I also tried the Farmhouse Wit for the first time. This beer is a great summertime ale. Light in body, with a high carbonation which lends a slight acidic edge, and gives it a refreshing character. The aroma is a mixture of citrus and yeast character (a bit of the good funky must), while the flavor seems to be dominated by the lightness of the wheat and a citrus (I kept looking at the ingredient list for lemon peel or something similar) character, with the yeast coming through at the back end of the taste. Leaves your palate refreshed and wanting another drink. This would be a great pool-side refreshment (6 packs please!).
Overall it was another great time out at DEBC, and I have been assured they are making arrangements to combat the pending heat with fans and tents for shading. Besides, who doesn’t like a nice cold beer on a hot summer day.