Last Thursday, we went to our first beer tasting at Arbor Brewing in Ann Arbor. I’m just starting to try beer, so this tasting was perfect as it was all fruit beers, however I didn’t like as many as I thought I would. Many of the fruitiness was VERY subtle, but I did find a few favorites.
- Kasteeel Rouge Van Honsebrouck-A brown ale with sour cherries added to it, good cherry flavor without tasting like cough syrup.
- Founders Cerise-This one smelled strongly of cinnamon, but the flavor was more subtle.
- Boston Beer Co Hard Core Cider-Nice clean apple flavor.
- Northville Winery Hard Cider-We like a lot of their wines as well, their cider was very good too.
- Uncle John’s Perry Cider (and other flavors as well)-The pear flavor was a nice change from the more common apple.
- Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider-By far our favorite, excellent natural apple flavor.
The beer tasting was very crowded and we were a bit overwhelmed at first (they had around 20 beers and ciders to try), but we found our groove. The tasting was $25/person if you reserved ahead of time and $30/person at the door. This particular tasting was offered a ladies’ night special and I saved $5 off of my ticket. Included was an appetizer buffet that had cheese and crackers, veggies and hummus, soft pretzels, pierogies, meatballs (they were fabulous!), and sliced sausage.
Arbor Brewing hosts a beer tasting every month, each with a different theme. Next month theme is “Wheats, Wits, and Lambics,” I’m tempted to attend as my favorite beer of all time is a raspberry lambic from Belgium. It doesn’t even taste like beer!