Fat Tire is the first “good” beer I ever had. As it seems is the case with many, I started with light American mass-produced sheisty beer (miller lite). But tonight’s a Fat Tire night. I thought about getting it in cans because the 6-packs of bottles were gone, but I couldn’t bring myself there yet. Although maybe I should try that soon - I took a chance on the Caldera and wasn’t disappointed. Basically what I’m saying is Fat Tire is great and it’s a Fat Tire Night.
One of my long-term goals is to start my own microbrewery/craft brewery. With that in mind, I’ve been gearing much of my work in business school (studying Entrepreneurship) to this idea. This weekend I’ll be presenting in a business plan competition in Louisville. If it goes well, I could receive a cash prize (which will go straight to that damn ol’ bootstrappin’ savings account). Word.
I’ve been working on brewing my own beer, and the first round is in the late phases of the process right now. It’s carbonating in bottles with bottling sugar (for those of you who don’t know - of which I counted myself one about a month ago - beer is flat before some sort of glucose reacts with the yeast and other ingredients to carbonate it). I was impatient and popped one earlier in the week, and either it was way too soon or I didn’t use enough bottling sugar. Other than that, it seemed like a good-tasting beer - haha maybe more like it tasted like a high-gravity beer that had been sitting open for several hours. Real malty. Easy on the malt next time I guess. I digress.
Woah! That beer has so much head! It’s the Caldera IPA, and it’s the best beer I’ve ever had from a can. IN A CAN?! WHAT THE EFFFF?! Yeah they say it’s because cans “are accepted in places bottles no longer are” according to their website (http://www.calderabrewing.com/Page.asp?NavID=5). Great stuff! Look! Even my roommate’s excited about it!
When I started drinking New Belgium beers, I started with Fat Tire. And said, bless you, Mr. Belgium, for blessing the world with such a blessed beer. Pictured above is a relatively new New Belgium brew (I know I said new twice in a row. Please de-twist your panties. thanks.), the Mothership Wit. Here’s how New Belgium describes it:
“Our first venture into organically-produced beer, Mothership Wit Organic Wheat Beer elevates the zesty Wit or White beers of Belgium. Our far-flung Beer Rangers affectionately refer to our Fort Collins brewery as the Mothership, a name that conjures images of earth shot from space and the interconnectivity of it all. Mothership Wit is brewed with wheat and barley malt, as well as coriander and orange peel spicing resulting in a balance of citrus and sour flavors held in suspension by a bright burst of carbonation.”
I’m a relatively new at this whole beer “connoisseuring,” so to speak, so I’m still learning all of the terminology. As far as wheat beers go, I’ve definitely had better - that’s not to say this isn’t good. The wheat flavor is definitely unmistakable. I don’t taste the citrus, but perhaps that’s because my palette isn’t refined enough yet. I think it would go wonderfully with a lot of foods. I would also recommend it on a warm sunny day.
One thing I don’t like about it, though I don’t know if this is common to all wheat beers or not, is the lack of head. I poured it in a glass and the head was gone in about 4 second.