This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at New Belgium's Sunshine Wheat Ale.
Although the city of Fort Collins, Colorado has a population of less than 140,000 people, it is home to six breweries including: Anheuser Busch, Odell Brewing, Fort Collins Brewery and New Belgium. As I recently learned, New Belgium produces a number of kosher brews including the Sunshine Wheat Ale.
The Sunshine Wheat Ale is classified by BA as an American Pale Ale and it certainly carries the moniker in that it is pale in color. However the taste of the Sunshine Wheat is more akin to a Witbier. This could be due to the fact the brew is flavored with coriander and orange peel, or it could just be the flavor of the beer itself.
I first tried the Sunshine Wheat while sitting at my kitchen table with a sefer. Sarah tried it at the same time and decided to cook our supper with it (grouper). It added a nice flavor to the seared fish and also went quite well with plated finished product. I had another one later in the week with pineapple chicken and it went equally well. It is easily one of the best American Wheat beers that I have ever tasted.
New Belgium Sunshine Wheat is under the Kosher Supervision of the Scroll-K of Colorado. Although the beer does not bear the kosher symbol on the label, it can be found on the bottom of the six pack carrier. Additionally, if you would like me to e-mail you the LOC for New Belgium Sunshine Wheat, send me an e-mail and I will gladly oblige.
Please note that not every brew produced by New Belgium is under kosher supervision. Please check my latest Kosher Beer List (http://kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2009/09/kosher-beers-semi-annual-kosher-beers.html ) for a complete listing of those New Belgium brews which are certified kosher.
To see what the experts on Beer Advocate think about New Belgium Sunshine Wheat, please follow this link http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/192/1911 .
As always, please remember to drink responsibly and to never waste good beer unless there is no designated driver.If you've tried this beer or any others which have been reviewed on the kosher beers site, please feel free to post your comments (anonymous comments are acceptable).
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