I don’t know about you, but when I think about France I imagine strolling up the Champs-Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe, or perhaps noshing on a fresh baguette as I admire the façade of Notre Dame, or even a picnic near the Eiffel Tower. I was blown away when I discovered that many miles from Paris, along the Rhine River in Eastern France, some beautiful hops were growing in the Alsace region.
This area of France is not only home to the two beautifully complex hops we use to dry-hop Alsatian Tartlet (Barbe Rouge and Elixir), but it’s also home to a city named Colmar which is equally as stunning. Half-timbered medieval buildings line the streets in vibrant color with unique wood patterns that stir your soul. These are the inspiration for the background of our can label and reflect the joyful flavor within.
Participants in the enjoyment of an Alsatian Tartlet tart IPA (previously a pilot batch at our St. Charles location) will revel in complex and enigmatic flavors derived from dry-hopping with Barbe Rouge and Elixir hops. Subtle aromas of currant and strawberry, as well as cognac and tobacco meld gloriously with a pleasing tartness formed during fermentation.
A flourish of color on the outside, and a complex blend of aroma and flavor on the inside make this little tartlet one of the most unique beers we’ve put in cans. We hope you enjoy taking your taste buds on a tart little European vacation. À votre santé!