May 30, 2009

Beer Adventures: Origin by He'brew

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I spied this pomegranate beer in my search for information about one of the brewer's other offerings; He'Brew Rejewvenator. I tried Rejewvenator last night and didn't love it. Ryan was fond of it, but I thought the combination of hops was too exotic for my palate. It was definitely spicy, strong and intriguing. I didn't hate it, but ultimately I didn't like it. Took me half a pint to decide for certain, though.

Now, this pomegranate beer sounds very interesting. I'll have to keep my eye out for it. As if I need more beer in the house after a recent purchase of a six of a certain Watermelon Wheat beer.

In any case, I posted the link to my Facebook and attracted a comment disparaging the legitimacy of fruit in beer. I thought we'd gotten over this in American after the 90's, but apparently some people still think "beer" means Budweiser. The fellow said he wants his beer to taste like beer. That gave me a guffaw. Considering the range of flavors int he sort of beer my friends and I drink, I wonder "what, exactly does 'beer' taste like?"

I don't know if the guy was pulling my leg or not, so I figured a friendly attempt at explaining his folly was in order. this is what I posted.

There's a much larger world out there and I invite you to join me -- there's always room!

Are there bad fruit beers, poorly conceived and executed? Certainly. But there is nothing like a Belgian frambiose lambic straight from the tap. And the world has its share of bad beers of other styles. Give me a cherry-Tripel with a hint of cherries over a least-common-denominator MGD.

They've been making delicious beer with fruit and other ingredients that violate the German reinheitsgebot since the dawn of beer -- it IS beer-flavored.

Saying you want yours to be beer flavored instead of fruit flavored is like saying you want your car to look like a car, not a Ferrari. You don't have to like Ferrari, but it's a car nonetheless.

Just because PBR, MGD and Bud suck doesn't mean I won't drink a pilsner. Bad beers do not ruin a style; I'll drink a Pilsner Urquell any day.

Beer's adventure! If you lack understanding, you need to work on it. :-) Have fun, and I'll be happy to answer questions.

I'm always sad when someone has placed needless limits on their universe. And if he refuses to overcome self-imposed limitations, I suppose that's more good beer you and I have to drink in his stead. Cheers!

Posted by James at May 30, 2009 3:23 PM
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I had this pomegranate ale once.
At Sunset, of course.

It was pretty good, but nothing I'd get all excited about and go out of my way for.

Posted by: Derek at June 1, 2009 2:44 PM

Hey James. This is Zak from Shmaltz Brewing Company. Thanks for all of the support. Origin is a pretty unique fruit beer. I've heard every argument for and against fruit beers and in the end, if someone likes it, that's all you need. We really wanted to make Origin more of a beer with fruit than a "fruit beer." The pomegranate juice is added during fermentation, so, because most of the sugars convert to alcohol, you're left with just a subtle, residual sweetness. Definitely check it out and let me know what you think.

Posted by: Zak Davis at June 3, 2009 2:41 PM

I was able to find it in Swansea, MA at Yankee Spirits. I haven't had a chance to try it yet, but I will probably do so this weekend. i will definitely get back to you with my impressions.

Posted by: James at June 3, 2009 3:25 PM

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