I don’t know about the rest of LIBA nation, but I’m firmly swept up in World Cup fever. With games in the first round running pretty much all day, and the knockout round now running two a day, it’s hard to find time for anything else….except drinking a beer or two!
This week I’m clearing out the last brew of my previous beer run (which seems like a year ago, dang travel), Old Dominion’s Cherry Blossom Lager. I’m guessing this was a spring seasonal, which would have been cool to review while cherry blossom trees were actually blossoming, but hey, what are you gonna do?
The beer pours out a pretty dark amber color, with a decent white foam crown. There’s a TON of effervescence here, and more suspended sediment than I can ever remember seeing in a beer. Seriously, it looks like little flecks are swimming up and down in my glass.
Tart cherries dominate the aroma, and they carry through to the taste. I was a little nervous, expecting to pucker up from the tartness, but it’s nicely done. That tart cherry flavor definitely owns the first sip, but it blends into a sweet and balanced blend of cherries and wheat through the middle before ending on a tart final note. There’s no real mouthfeel here, but this is definitely a “fizzy” beer.
Overall, this is a pretty good brew. I don’t think I’d have more than one in a sitting, but it’s tasty, and I bet pretty dang good to drink outside on a hot spring (or summer) day.