“The Daily Drink” brings you a must-try libation from our booze columnist Zach Geballe.
Making a lighter beer taste good is a surprisingly difficult challenge for many brewers. Hops pack a lot of flavor, as do more richly malted grains, and so assembling a beer without some of those tools can be vexing. Fortunately, plenty of local breweries have learned that while there’s obviously a large market for rich, robust beers, plenty of us enjoy lower alcohol and fewer calories, without having to settle for mass-produced crap. As such, it’s always nice to find a lighter beer that shows real character, like the Soundgaarden (yes, with an extra “a”) from Poulsbo’s Sound Brewery. Crisp and light, this Belgian-styled Wit showed a spiced note and a slightly sour finish that kept it super refreshing. I enjoyed this one at the Whisky Bar in Belltown, but I’ve seen it on tap at a few different spots in the city.
Zach Geballe does a lot of drinking. When he’s not working at The Dahlia Lounge or for his business Vine Trainings, he’s studying for the Court of Master Sommeliers Exam. His weekly column here at Seattle Weekly, The Bar Code, endeavors to inspire, educate and sometimes poke fun at all things beer, wine and spirits related.