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On the Road Again – Two Up Two Down by Commonwealth Brewing Company

It is nice when you find a beer that fits the very mood that you are in. You just close your eyes and feel the warmth of the sun on your skin, the cool breeze from the wind on your cheek and the cold ripple of the liquid moving across your lips and into your mouth. Beer is good!

This is the sensation of having a Two Up Two Down sour gose by Commonwealth Brewing Company (2444 Pleasure House Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23455 Voice: (757) 305-9652 www.commonwealthbrewingcompany.com) this evening at High Side Craft Brewing. All I am missing is my honey.

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Two Up Two Down Commonwealth Brewing Company sour – gose

The Two Up Two Down is a ABV of 6.8% with a murky gold color. The aroma is a sour lemon with a slight hint of grapefruit and nectarine. The taste is more of the same with sour coming through on the lemon and grapefruit at first and then comes the nectarine and it finishes up with an apple. The tail end is smooth. The mixture is really well done and more sour goses should try to emulate the mixture that Commonwealth has formulated. It is really good.

The Two Up Two Down will take you back to those heady days of summer. The taste is light and fruity – just a nice reminder of why you ordered a sour gose. Sit back, you and your honey, and watch the sun going down with this great beer easily within reach. That is what summer is for.

Skal!

Commonwealth Brew Co.

2444 Pleasure House Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23455

Voice: (757) 305-9652

www.commonwealthbrewingcompany.com

HOURS:
Mon-Wed 3pm – 10pm

Thursday 3pm-11pm

Fri 3pm – 12am

Sat 11am – 12am

Sun 11am – 9pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the Road – Frederick H. by The Bruery Terreux

OK, I know that is a little bit strange to have two brews from the same brewery in a one-two ordering, but I am feeling a little bit wiggy at the moment. Now the last beer, Rueuze from The Bruery, was a combination of sour and blond ale and it overcame all of my trepidations about blond ale. Now I have another beer from The Bruery Terreux again and it literal has blown my mind regarding sours and Berliner Weiss.

Frederick H. is a mix between sour and Berliner Weiss beer and it is excellent!

Now Berliner Weiss has a number of the same issues as blond ale, but it also has a couple that are special to it. One is that is supposed to be light with grapefruit and orange flavor and a light little bit of sour added to it. This can be tricky because unless it is a lot of sour, the sour actually become lost in the mix and it kind of comes out as a something of a fruit beer. The second one is that it is to be served with syrup, which I don’t take akin to because that is making it a sundae. It is beer, for heaven sake, not ice cream!

The Bruery (737 Dunn Way, Placentia, CA 92870
Email: info@thebruery.com Voice: 714-996-MALT(6258) Hours: 830am-5pm Mon-Fri; www.thebruery.com) is an established setting. It has a 4.4% ABV but don’t let it fool you for a minute. Frederick H. is set up as follows:

So, having all of this in mind, I order it. When it comes, it has a nice deep rich color to it, a rich hue, that says all kinds of good things about what will be in the glass. I lean over the glass, get my nose into it and I get a real sharp tart smell. This thing is loaded for bear! And now for the taste…

Tart! Really tart! But it is part of a carefully crafted flavor palette because they the tart entry is carefully matched with a Berliner Weiss that is without match. The tart entry is really what you taste, but the Berliner Weiss begins about 1/3 of the way through the taste and ends up with the flavor you have at the end.

This is the part where I say it is good but not a whole lot different from the Rueuze, but I can’t because it is a whole different calling. Yep, two beers, one brewer, and they are equally good. Just a bit wiggy.

Skal!

On the Road – Rueuze by Bruery Terreux

Now sours, as you can guess, are one of my favorite groups within brewing.  I know some of you do not support my appreciation, but I really love sours and I like to see more of them across the board. They make beer really sing.

A really good, flavorful combination of sour and blond ale. Perfect match for each.

But the other side of the board is blond ales. If there is one area where I do not support blonds, its in blond ales. (Yes, you can guess my hair color.) Blond ales are a throw away place when you don’t know what to do with a mild tasting ale but you have to put it somewhere, so you decide to put it out there and hope that it sells. Something. Anything. Just as long as it turns a profit, you will be OK with it.

So, I wince when I see Rueuze by Bruery Terreux sour blond ale on the menu at Rustico.  Wonderful to see a sour beer, but not so great to see it mixed with a blond ale. But The Bruery (737 Dunn Way, Placentia, CA 92870 Email: info@thebruery.com Voice: 714-996-MALT(6258), www.thebruery.com) has regularly produced some pretty good brews in the past and their Terreux brand is a showcase for some of these respectable beers.  It describes its Rueuze as follow:

“Rueuze is our take on the traditional Belgian-style blend of lambics of different ages. We carefully select a number of oak barrels from our warehouse that have been aging our sour blonde ale for anywhere from several months to several years and blend the beers together to what we find to be the ideal flavor. This is one complex beer. Notes of hay, barnyard funk, apricots and olives play wonderfully with the balanced acidity.”

The beer comes in a non-descript light golden color, but I immediately recognize that the beer is a little more opaque than usual. The smell is a nice beautiful blend of sour flavor and the better side of blond ales, but it is also impenetrable. It is not giving up its secrets.  So, it is time for a taste.

I know it is going to be a good beer from the second I taste it. The sour elements immediately make their presence known and slowly the really good taste of blond ale comes to back them up. Sour apple-like taste is nicely presented and then extended by the blond ale. It is really nice to sit back and take swig after swig of their wonderful elixir. The Rueuze made me really glad that I had ordered it and I was sad when it was finished.

Skal!