Friday, June 08, 2012

Drink of the Week: Dogfish Head Festina Pêche

Flavored with some of the best produce of the season, fruit beer is #37 on our list of the 50 Most Notable Drinks of the Moment in the May/June issue, and today’s Drink of the Week—the Festina Pêche from Dogfish Head—is yet another example of why the category continues to gain popularity. Light, refreshing and low in alcohol (it clocks in at 4.5% ABV), but packed with pure peach flavor, this summery brew sticks close to its classic Berliner Weisse style with a whisper of wheat and a bright pop of tart flavors on the finish. As one of Dogfish Head’s seasonal releases, you’ll find bottles on shelves across the country for a few more weeks, but if your weekend plans take you to Portland, Oregon, you can also taste it on tap at the second annual Fruit Beer Fest happening outside Burnside Brewing this Saturday and Sunday.

Alongside the Dogfish brew, the festival lineup includes more than two dozen fruit beers (as well as several craft ciders and another two dozen or so rare brews and one-off kegs) from brewers around the country in fruity flavors that range from the soft and subtle—like Widmer’s Marionberry Hibiscus Gose—to the decadent—like Burnside Brewing’s rum barrel-aged Red Light Disctict imperial stout brewed with Belgian chocolate and 400 pounds of strawberries—to the downright bizarre—like Breakside Brewery’s Strawberry Rhubarb Pie in which whole pies (crust and all) get tossed into the brew. With a few of the city’s favorite food carts also on hand and sunshine hopefully on the horizon, getting your daily dose of fruit has never been more fun (or delicious). For the whole festival lineup and to purchase advance tickets, click here.