There exists an unfortunate movement among craft beer enthusiasts (besides awkward Brooklyn hipster dancing). In recent years, there has been no end of American zeal for the over-hopped, overpowering, high alcohol nuclear bombers that crowd bottle shops everywhere. But with names like “Ruination” and “Palate Wrecker,” these monsters sound more like dental rinses than happy hour brews.
Now, is there a time and a place for the Double Imperial American IPA? Of course! They’re delicious! But then, there’s a time and a place for Slayer, too (or Motörhead, for that matter). But what if I’ve had a long day, and, I just want something light to relax with? And more importantly, what to pair with the fish?
Enter wheat beers. Today, wheat beers enjoy something of a contentious status, as some craft beer bros insist that they’re “chick beers” (which is both untrue, and also, who gives a rat’s ass?). To this day, I have a friend (who’s otherwise incredibly well-versed in beer) who refuses to dabble in wheat beers, and I myself once claimed in a former life, whilst drunk on Lagunitas IPA, that “I’ll always be sad!” And also “Wheat beers are the bland, table chardonnay of the beer world!”