There are times in your Life when you're feeling... well... bland, and lethargic, and in need of something different and new. Something to pique your curiosity, and make you interested in exploring the World and Life again.
That was the frame of mind I was in when sought out this week's tip and sip...
One of things I've come to appreciate about Field House Brewing is that they have beautifully simple labels: A single colour, a contrasting colour framing it, and a clear simple font. The label for their Dark Sour is a lovely shade of blue with a nice plum coloured trim. It really appeals to my minimalist tastes when it comes to graphic design. It's clear, precise, and easy on the eyes. The fact that they carry this style throughout their labels is a great way to create a consistent, steady, and reliable brand image. I love it.
The colour of this brew is a nice, velvety raspberry (although it's a blackberry/blueberry blend). The colour let you know you know that you were in for a taste of sourness. There is a wonderful haziness to it that only adds to the feeling that you're going to experience some serious pucker power. I enjoyed taking a moment to just appreciate how the haze drifted and shifted within the depths of this brew. It doesn't have a great head of foam, though- which for some is part of the appeal of a good beer. It dissipates fairly quickly after pouring. I'm not going to lie, I was kinda hoping to have a nice, thick head on it so that I could sample a light, airy form of the overall flavour.
The first sip was what I needed today. I was expecting a firm handshake to the taste buds. What I got was a soft caress- almost like a dream of kisses. It gave me pause. I actually had to look at the label a second time to confirm that it was a blackberry/blueberry mixture, before going, "Huh..."
I needed to explore this brew a bit more. Each sip was a marvelous blend of sweet and sour. Each sip seemingly alternating between more of one than the other without being overpowering or confusing. I found it quite... stimulating, actually. I was able to just sit back in my recliner, and just... experience the moment- the here and the now, with this brew. I was able to close my eyes, and just let my thoughts drift along with each sip. For a beer that's a 10%, it has a surprisingly light taste to it. By the end of the bottle, I was pleasantly relaxed without feeling bloated or tired. In fact, I felt mellow and almost meditative.
It's not something I experience often with beer, I have to tell you.
On a grey, blah day, when I needed something different and eccentric to kick me out of my meh mood, Field House Brewing's Dark Sour was able to both refresh me, and bring a bit of a spark back to me. I give it a "Good" for sure.