Which is your favourite two-word phrase from Newstead’s Facebook post about their Zoo v11?
- endogenous Brettanomyces
- tertiary metabolites
- microbial fermentation
- Sour neicht
- non-canonical microbes (I’ll confidently call that two words)
- Sweaty socks
I’m gonna have to go with tertiary metabolites, partially because I’m now in my ninth year of writing about beer and I’ve never heard the word metabolite before. Sounds like a diet Gatorade rip-off.
Anyway, this beer is not a Gatorade rip-off. It’s Simon Says Red IPA that’s been chilling in tempranillo wine barrels for a year. The result is a deep pool of Brett-funk and layered malt flavours. If you’ve ever chowed down on a bowl of prunes drizzled with date caramel, followed by interspersed licks of an alcoholic toffee apple* and an old leather lounge (who hasn’t done this?), you know what it’s like.
*Business idea: alcoholic toffee apples.
Published February 7, 2023 2023-02-07 00:00:00