Brewsday Tuesday – Tartastic

Brewsday Tuesday is a weekly feature where I highlight a craft beer I’ve had lately. This week’s featured brew is New Belgium’s Tartastic.

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Tartastic is soured with lactobacillus. It pours the color of lemon juice, complete with haze, and has very little head. Described by New Belgium as a lemon ginger sour, you’d expect it to super pucker-inducing and sharp-tasting. However, that’s not the case at all. This beer is very light and not at all aggressive. The lemon flavor definitely comes through, but I don’t get very much ginger – it’s more like drinking a slice of lemon meringue pie, but not as sugary. It’s definitely a sessionable beer, and it’s my go-to at trivia due to its low ABV and drinkability.

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(shoutout to Accomplice Beer Company, by the way)

This is a fantastic beer for introducing your sour-reluctant friends to just how good sours can be. It’s not terribly tart or aggressive and has a lovely, mellow flavor. This would be delicious with soft pretzels (Accomplice has great ones!) or buttery crackers, or even a flaky croissant if you feel like having a breakfast beer. Or, you know, an anytime beer, since croissants are good whenever. Cheese-wise, the delicate flavors of this beer would go super-well with mascarpone, either by itself or on a slice of baguette.

Happy Brewsday Tuesday, friends! Cheers!

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