After a busy couple of months during which I wasn’t able to get back to Brooklyn early enough for Bierkraft tastings, I was able to go this week. We sampled five witbiers from around the world. The range was quite impressive. Some were exactly what people have come to expect from the style: refreshing, light bodied, and citrusy. Others showcased some real creativity. Hitachino added 5% orange juice to its offering, changing the mouthfeel while keeping the citrus flavors. The most surprising was Ithaca’s Double White, which the brewery sours using cultures from a previous batch that had soured accidentally. The result was a tart version of a witbier at 8% ABV.
Here was the lineup for the night:
Ballast Point Wahoo Wheat Beer, San Diego CA
Blanche de Bruxelles, Belgium
Bruton di Bruton, Italy
Hitachino White Ale, Japan
Ithaca Double White, Ithaca NY