This week's holiday edition of Sunday Night Suds wishes all a Chag Purim Sameach and offers a toast with Blue Moon's Golden Knot.
As detailed in a prior SNS (http://kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2014/02/sunday-night-suds-blue-moon-crimson.html), the Blue Moon division of Miller Coors has a newish premium line of beers which they call the Vintage Ale Collection. These beers are brewed with grape juice, making them the perfect accompaniment to a Purim Seudah.
The Golden Knot is billed as a wheat ale that is brewed with the juice of chardonnay grapes. The grape juice is prominent and adds a nice note of sweetness to the brew. The overall flavor is not complex, but there are some light hop elements which surprisingly do not clash with the white grape juice flavor. Although the beer tops out with an abv north of 9%, the alcohol flavor is not as prominent as one would expect with a beer with this kind of muscle. Again, this could be due in large part to the "Rashi" like influence of the chardonnay grape juice.
At 7.99 a bottle, the Golden Knot Ale is a bit pricey for beer, even if you consider that it comes in a 750 ml bottle. But, if you are looking for something special to bring to a shalom zachor or other festive occasion, you may want to consider bringing a bottle of the Golden Knot.
The Blue Moon Golden Knot is certified kosher by the OU, however, prior years' production of other Blue Moon Vintage Ale products may not be kosher, so check the label carefully. For the experts take on the Blue Moon Golden Knot, please click here beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/306/97589.
As always, please remember to drink responsibly and to never waste good beer unless there is no designated driver.
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