There will always be a special place in my heart for traditional German beers. We all know Kolsches, Marzens, etc, but how many of you have had an Altbier? How many of you even know what it is? Lucky you, Wild East is ready to educate you with their newest release (which is also in support of Pride Month), Acceptance.
Lack of recognition for the Altbier probably is caused by how close lagers and Germany are tied together. But lagering (or bottom fermenting) yeast was only isolated in the mid-19th Century. Before that, beers were intentionally or unintentionally brewed with ale (or top fermenting) yeasts. It gives beers those slightly fruitier and more pungent esters without as much of the crisp flavor of a lager. So the Altbier style actually predated lager in Germany!
Wild East shows off their brewing chops by tackling a style that they cannot just throw pounds of hops at or brew to a high ABV. At only 5.5%, Acceptance has nuanced flavors of caramel malt, light bready notes, and hints of cherry. A barely perceptible hop bitterness with noble hop Tettnang showcases the malt profile.
Do not let the darker color of the beer trick you. This is a perfect beer for summer weather, and to help break up the never ending loop of Pilsners, Hazy IPAs, and sours you are probably planning on drinking.