This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat Beer.
As reported in a February post on this blog, Boulevard is one of the most recent breweries to elect to "go kosher" and they are supervised by the Va'ad of Kansas City. Although the brewery itself is less than twenty-five years old, it has a sterling reputation in the Midwest and they have been expanding their distribution in the Northeast. Although Boulevard is not yet in New York, I have been able to find it in Maryland, and most recently, in Massachusetts.
[Stay tuned for announcements in the near future about other breweries on the cusp of being certified kosher. I have been in touch with a number of kashruth agencies who are in the process of approving new products and breweries. Looks like 5774 may be a banner year for kosher beer!]
The Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat Ale is bottle conditioned, which means that the brewery leaves some yeast in the bottle in order to allow for fermentation to continue in the bottle. When pouring bottle conditioned beer, the consumer has the choice to add some or all of the yeast from the bottle to the end product in the glass. When pouring tonight, I went full bore and poured most of the yeast into my glass. Since Mrs KB is not big on yeast or unfiltered beers, I tried not to pour any of the yeast into her glass.
The beer was very light for a wheat ale, with subtle hops and only a hint of fruitiness. Although the beer was consumed after the earliest suggested date, I did not find the flavors to be as strong as I expected or hoped. Having said that, it was crisp and light and I could see drinking more of these if I was not trying to pair this with a dish with strong flavors.
As mentioned above, the Boulevard Brewery Unfiltered Wheat Ale is under the Kosher Supervision of the Va'ad of Kansas City, but the bottle I purchased did not yet have the certification mark on the label.
To see what the experts on Beer Advocate think about this brew, please follow this link - http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/423/1260.
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).
If you have seen this post being carried on another site, please feel free to click www.kosherbeers.blogspot.com to find other articles on the kosherbeers blogsite. Hey its free and you can push my counter numbers up!