This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Boulevard Brewery's Zon.
Yes, I admit it. I like to occasionally drink beers out of season. I am not talking about drinking beer that is past its freshness date. I think everybody will occasionally do that until they learn which brewery's freshness dates should be taken seriously and which beers can be cellared.
What I mean by drinking beers out of season is drinking summer beers during the winter. There are certain beer styles that are meant to be enjoyed during the summer months: after a long day at work, or at a barbecue, or just when the weather demands a lighter beer. But just because a beer, is meant for the summer does not mean that it has to be consumed exclusively during the summer.
The Boulevard Brewery Zon is clearly a summer beer. It is witbier and a lighter version of a witbier at that. When poured into the glass, the beer is a deep yellow. The bottle label recommends that you swirl the last inch or so in the bottle before you pour it into the glass. This is done to allow the yeast to mix with the brew. Doing so adds a little more complexity to the brew and some cloudiness to the glass.
The first sip of this beer is sweetness, but not like a soda or juice drink. The sweetness comes from the wheat in this witbier, tempered by the coriander and orange peel. Although these are clearly additives to the beer, they don't turn this into a shandy or other mockery of a beer. Instead it is a great light (not lite) spiced beer.
Boulevard Zon is under the Kosher Supervision of the Va'ad of Kansas City, but the bottle I purchased did not have the certification mark on the label. If you would like the LOC from the Va'ad, please let me know and I will email it to you.
To see what the experts on Beer Advocate think about this brew, please follow this link -http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/423/3278.
As always, please remember to drink responsibly and to never waste good beer unless there is no designated driver.
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