This post-Father's Day weekend, the folks at Stoup Brewing hope you have something in the tank for the next in their serious of releases. This time around, the brewers took their passports to ancient Bavaria, in search of inspiration for their latest release - Kristallweizen.
For the uninitiated, Kirstallweizen or Crystal Wheat is the less hazy relative to the Hefeweizen. Unlike its cousin the Hefeweizen, Kirstallweizen removes much of the protein haze that is common with it's cousin. In addition, this style lacks the yeasty and spicy qualities that many experienced imbibers recall. If anything this style should have a more floral, fruity-like, aroma when enjoyed in a room-temperature glass.
Brewed with Pilsner and Wheat malt, Stoup's homage to this classic style is fermented with classical Bavarian hefeweizen yeast which will produce something familiar in the minds of those who enjoy a good "banana and clove" beer, like this. At 4.8% Alcohol By Volume and just 4 IBU, this beer demands you pull up a chair and play a round of cards, discuss the current status of geopolitical theater, or simply read a book while enjoying two or three of these.
But if Stoup's "Kirstallweizen" isn't your thing, then maybe you should try their other beer, Liliko'i Kirstallweizen.
Brewed with the same attention to detail, which is demanded of this style, the brewers show their respect to loyal mobile restaurateur Marination, through the addition of Liliko'i. Known by many as Passion Fruit, this fruit compliments the notes of banana and clove, already in the beer, while summoning both tropical fruit and a bit of tartness. Take it from the brewery and Marination, this is how you celebrate 10 years in the restaurant business, the right way!
Side-by-side or one at a time, Stoup Brewing Company encourages you to visit their taproom today or this weekend, for a glass of classic-style Kirstallweizen or Liliko'i Kirstallweizen. Stoup Brewing Company is located at 1108 NW 52nd Street in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood. For more information on Stoup Brewing Company, visit http://www.stoupbrewing.com.
About Stoup Brewing Company
"Two thirsty science nerds and a curious connoisseur walk in to a brew pub… Okay, so it wasn’t quite like that, but it might as well have been."
Stoup Brewing is a long held dream of Brad Benson and Lara Zahaba – two hopeless drink and chow hounds. That the two found each other twenty years ago seems fated – Brad, a scientist to the very last DNA strand, would proffer a hypothesis based on proximity and human nature, we’re sure (ahem). Whatever your take, the takeaway is this: Brad loves beer and has been a loyal student, courter, and crafter for years that number beyond his fingers and toes. Lara loves all things gastro – from a savory plate to a smart pour. The pair, professionally and recreationally, have spent the better part of their hours improving their palate’s quality of life. It was only a matter of time before they ponied up and joined the community of talented purveyors.
Enter, Robyn Schumacher – friend, teacher and self-professed beer geek graduated Cicerone. She had the same dream. Fitting that Robyn’s infatuation with beer bloomed under the tutelage of a Biology degree. Robyn’s regard for all things hop and malt only deepened while her teaching career flourished. Brewing in her spare time was the final hook. Call it what you will – the stars aligning, simultaneous fermentation – Stoup Brewing was born. We’re thrilled to be a part of Seattle’s burgeoning craft beer community in Ballard’s Brewing District.