This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Saranac JugglerNaut, a possibly new beer contained in their summer mix box.
Earlier this summer I purchased the Saranac 12 beers of summer pack and stashed it in the den while I did the trek back and forth to Camp M. Now that summer travel has ended I cracked open the Saranac mixed pack to sample some of the new and/or possibly new beers.
The reason that I preface this review as one of a possibly new beer is that I can't tell whether the Jugglernaut is a new beer. Until recently, Saranac used market a pomegranate wheat beer (reviewed here http://kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2008/05/sunday-night-suds-saranac-pomegranate.html). As you can see from the label from the 2008 review, the bottles look nearly identical. Unfortunately, it is impossible to find a link to the Jugglernaut on the Saranac website, so I can't see whether they are rebranding the pomegranate wheat as Jugglernaut.
Although the bottle labels have some similarity, I was not convinced that they are the same beer. The Jugglernaut is a light wheat beer with some sweetness from the pomegranate juice which is added to the brew process. I feel like the old pomegranate wheat had a stronger flavor profile, but its been a few years since I had one so I can't be certain.
The Jugglernaut is a good summer beer, especially for those who like a little sweet in their brew. I had this on shabbos with cholent and I found that the sweetness did not clash with the savory stew. Of course part of the reason could be that the flavor of the Jugglernaut was on the mild side (a rarity for a Saranac flavored product).
Saranac Jugglernaut is under the Kosher Supervision of the Va'ad of Detroit as is every other beer produced at the Matt Brewery plant in Utica, NY. Keep in mind, Saranac brews some of its High Peaks series off site and these bottles do not have kosher certification from the Va'ad of Detroit.
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