Local Beer Review: Mikerphone Double Blue Hast Mich
Thursday at 11:40 pm
Grabbing another local brew to talk up while we’re hunkered down at home. I admit I have been picking the less-expensive beers from the shelves. I still have other things making more of a demand on my beer money. So they can’t all barrel-aged “whalez.” But I hope they’ll still be worthwhile.
This is from Mikerphone Brewing, the brewer in Elk Grove Village which often gives its beers musical nomenclature. Their popular imperial stout is made with coffee, so it’s named “Smells Like Bean Spirit.” What I have in hand would be called an “Imperial” blueberry Berliner Weisse. The base version is called Blue Hast Mich, suggesting the song “Du Haßt,” by German metal group Rammstein. That was a 3.5% abv sour beer. But I found the Double Blue Hast Mich, amped to 5.25%. So it’s a wheat beer with acidulated malt for a sour taste, plus fruit, and a little more alcohol.
It pours pretty fizzy, and a solid purple color. My allergy-ridden sinuses aren’t letting me get much of a smell, but it’s a faint fruit tart, all I can find so far. The beer is sour once I get it in my mouth. The blueberries set it off pretty well. But the end result comes off a bit like a homebrewed fruit beer, where the fruit sat a bit too long. If you like sours, though, this will be enjoyed.
Would have been a good match with the pizza I made from a well-fed dough this morning: