Draai Laag Blue Briar

Everyone in the beer world knows that sours are garnishing more popularity, so it is surprising to find a brewery like Draai Laag who is fermenting some of the best beer in the country without much fanfare. I guess for now that just means more for me!

Much like the foreboding picture above Blue Briar pours an angry deep brown with red and blue highlights. The white head quickly disappeared. Slight hints of blueberries and funk fought to rise above the voluminous scent of vinegar. At first, while the beer was still too cold, it was slightly harsh. As it warmed the acetic edge was blunted allowing flavors of blueberry, funk and general fruitiness to wash back and forth in my mouth. Initially the beer had high carbonation that was spritzy and lively helping to ease the burden of a medium high body of the beer. As the beer warmed further the carbonation eased and fruitiness became more abundant. The trip to the blueberry patch was certainly entertaining.  

Blue Briar isn't my favorite beer from Draai Laag, but it is quite delicious, very complex and a good value for the quality. I believe their beers are only available in Pennsylvania and considering the difficulty of making a beer that is, "Wild by Design", I imagine Draai Laag will continue to sail their small brewery across the coolship of hype for quite a long time without much hype. 

Overall: 9/10

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About averageguysguidetobeer

Hi, I'm Colin, I love a good hoppy IPA, but I can find immense enjoyment in a solid session beer, imperial stout, quadrupel or a nostalgic beer from my past.


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