Today was extraordinary! I had several good things happen that really gave me a lift; one being the arrival of an amazing gift from Midwest Micro Brews containing New Glarus Beer. I have coveted New Glarus since my first encounter with them at GABF. I decided I was “worthy” of having one to myself tonight! It was, afterall, a most excellent day 🙂
I decided to use one of my Riedel Champagne Flutes for this auspicious occasion. Riedel really knows how to make the finest glasses for bringing out the very best in the beer, champagne, wine or whisky that you are drinking. This style is non-stemmed and I really like them because they have flair!
The Cran-Bic Ale poured beautifully into the glass with tiny, perfect bubbles spiraling effortlessly to the top of the glass. The color is a “sassy” pale pink/red that speaks to my girly nature. There is a large head that dissipates quickly leaving a foamy ring to circle the bubbles.
I can smell the berry goodness even though my nose is not close to the glass as I pour it. As I pull the glass toward me, I smell more than just cranberry on the nose. It’s a bouquet of mixed berries (Cherry, Strawberry, Blackberry) and a subtle tartness. The bubbles tickle my nose as I take in the beautiful aroma. <Audible Sigh of Contentment>
There is a very light mouthfeel and the cranberry is prominent as it slides across my tongue. I love the effervescence! Tart & sweet at the same time but with a little oakiness that gives it an interesting balance. The finish is sweet and sultry. I am amazed at how “fruit like” this beer is without it being overpowering. It is extremely well-proportioned. Mmmmm…
This is an extremely drinkable beer that would be delightful paired with a light salad course or dessert but frankly I could be happy sipping this just for the sake of having it. I like to drink things that make me feel good and that sums up exactly how I feel right now! New Glarus Cran-Bic Ale is beautiful! If I move to Indiana next year, I foresee road trips to Wisconsin being a big part of my future.
Special thanks again to Michael Bergman from Midwest Micro Brews for making me one happy girl!