Origin: Newmarket, NH
Style: Kölsch-Style Ale
Deciduous Brewing got on its legs in 2014, when Frank Zagami and a few business partners threw in together. In a short time the brewery has made a name for itself, landing in any number of “Best Of” lists around town and the state. One of the notable programs for the brewery is their fruited sour program, using yeast thought to be lost to the brewing world. Their taproom resides in Newmarket, New Hampshire and is well-worth stopping by to take advantage of their curb-side service. A handful of regulars make up the two dozen different styles available, but many times there’s a seasonal experiment worth grabbing. The Simple Union is Kölsch-style beer - a classic German style that’s picked up in popularity in the U.S. over the last decade. Similar to Pilsner but with a softer body and more fruit character. Serves well at 8°C and can cellar for up to six months.
Pours a pale straw colour with cloudy body and light carbonation. A thick head of puffy foam pours from the can and hangs around for a while.
A light and sweet aroma of grape must, sweet caramel and grainy malt, and a touch of booziness. The beer will remind you of fermenting wine grapes.
The vinous qualities really hit home on the taste. It comes across as white grape juice with how sweet it is, but there’s a touch of grain in the background. The mouthfeel is just as astringent as the grape juice would be but also has a chalky quality. The hops are way in the back, offering up some resinous flavours but they’re hard to find. Sharp and sweet all the way.
This style goes well with any grilled chicken or fish - so long as you aren’t putting any whacky sauces on them.