Session Beers are the new Double IPA’s. If craft beer is to become a bigger part of the overall brewing market; lower alcohol beers are a necessity. Not every palate is suited for big, hoppy IPA’s or boozey bourbon barrel aged stouts. Me personally…I love big beers and I appreciate the complexity of these beers but I am also learning to love more and more session beers.
I popped in to Bottlecraft in San Diego last night for a visit with friend Renee. The place was packed. My ability to drink beer has been a bit challenged lately so I was perusing the cooler looking for something mellow. I spied a bottle of Logsdon Organic Farmhouse Ales “Kili Wit” and my choice was made.
Kili Wit is a 5.5% Witbier brewed with “organic barley malt, wheat and oats along with whole cone Oregon hops and African spice“. This beer is bready (is this actually a word?) on the nose with hints of orange blossoms, banana and coriander. The beer pours with a thick, off-white head that holds for a significant period. Medium carbonation and dry mouthfeel. The orange zest is prominent on the palate. I detect a little funk but not sure where it comes from. No hop bitterness. The spice is light which appeals to my taste. I don’t care for really spicy witbiers but that is just my taste. I thought it finished quite dry with a little lingering spice. I enjoyed this beer very much as did several others that I shared it with. It’s so nice to find beers under 6% ABV that have complex flavors. Consider me a fan!
I love the labels on the Logsdon beers, the Kili Wit being no exception. What’s not to love about adorable giraffes gazing at the snowy slopes of Kilimanjaro? In 2015 I hope to cross climbing this peak off my bucket list so the images on Logsdon bottles inspire me. On a social note, a percentage of proceeds from this beer goes to the K2 Adventures Foundation. The brewery operates as a cooperative and the members participate in all aspects of the brewery work. How cool is that? They even have a small herd of organic raised Scottish Highlander cattle that dine on spent barely, oats & wheat!!!
You can check out the Logsdon Organic Farmhouse Ale’s website here:
This is the 3rd beer I have tried from Logsdon and I am a fan of all three. I can’t wait to try the Peche ‘n’ Brett and the Cerasus. I will be keeping my eyes peeled for their new releases in the upcoming months. I’ll also be checking out availability when I visit Portland next week. If you can find Logsdon beers in your area, please give them a try.