Summer is in full swing, the Regatta is over, Pirates are in 1st place, 90+ degree weather and boat loads of firework events. With the weather being so hot and humid lately I set out on finding some cool, crisp, refreshing beers on tap around town. My first stop was The Shiloh Grill on Mt Washington. Like its Shadyside sister restaurant Harris Grill, Shilo has a decent tap and bottle selection.
Today, with the weather in the mid 90s, I ordered the Dogfish Head Festina Peche. This is a seasonal brew from Dogfish using real peaches. The style is what they call “neo-Berliner Weisse.” A Berliner Weisse is known by its extreme tartness. By adding peaches to the brew, the fruit flavor and aroma balance the tartness. Do not be worried if you start humming “Peaches” by Presidents of the USA as this is a common side effect….Movin’ to the country I’m gonna eat a lot of peaches.
Appearance: A Hazy golden straw colored brew.
Aroma: Peaches with the under tones of a weisse beer. Mainly peaches. Millions of Peaches, Peaches for me.
Taste: The taste is still tart and hits you on your tongue right away. The tartness is quickly overtaken with the sweet peach flavor. They say they use hops, but I couldn’t detect them at 8 IBUs. My guess is a lite amount of fuggles or some other German style low A.A. hop. The beer is good cold and slightly warm. The peach flavors are more forward at slightly warmer temperatures.
Mouth feel: Crisp, clean, refreshing. Everything you want when it’s hot out.
Drinkability: Easy and at 4.5% you can enjoy more than one. Millions of peaches peaches for free.
Check it out if you haven’t already. It is a fruity beer, but made more interesting since the base style is the tart/sour Berliner Weisse, which is a change of pace from many of the fruit flavored American wheat beers on the market today.