Fun fact – 40 lbs of raspberries were added to the fermenter to give Not Very Berry Hefe a noticeable berry hue. The brew is light and effervescent but not sweet, as you may guess from the name. Heck, my husband even liked it and he’s not a fan of fruit beers.
I love raspberries, I love beer – the choice wasn’t difficult.
Knucklehead Craft Brewing has a flagship lineup of the usual stouts, IPAs, a cream ale and a scotch ale year round but they regularly release a limited batch/seasonal offering. The last time I’d swung by was for their Blueberry Muffin Ale, which they served with some blueberries and cinnamon sugar on the rim (I declined that garnish and kind of regret it). It actually tasted like a blueberry muffin.
The Not Berry Hefe, though, I had never had before because it has sold out wicked quick the last couple of times they’ve brewed it.
I can now see why.
The brew is a lovely blend of berry flavors and the light refreshment of a witbier. We’re not talking the sticky, icky sweetness of something like Founders’ Rubaeus or Shocktop Raspberry. The closest equivalent is, not surprisingly, my perennial favorite, Harpoon’s Raspberry UFO.
The biggest difference between the two is the smell and taste. Their use of a traditional Weissbier does give it a bit of that smokey flavor you get with those beers over more commercially available Hefeweizen style beers. However, if you can’t get to Knucklehead before it sells out, again, the Harpoon one is your best bet. Then plan better next year.
It definitely tastes and smells like summer should and will refresh your body and soul during the few hot weeks we have left.
We had the excellent fortune of playing Ambar’s Fate from Ecnaris Games and needed a beer that would match up to it’s mysterious and powerful elements. Dark Shadow from Knucklehead Craft Brewing stepped up to the plate, and the match is legendary. Listen to us talk all about it in our newest episode below!
Pick up the game by visiting the App or Google Play stores and you can find the brew only if you’re in the Rochester, NY area.
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The converted former Grocery Store is now a cozy tasting room for their six flagship beers and a rotation of seasonal and special edition brews. On October 8, 2015, they released Ichabod’s Gourded Ale, which is their take on the fall pumpkin ales.
Co-owners Len and George can often be seen behind the bar, serving beer and making conversation with patrons, who, for the most part, are regulars. Every time I’ve visited, it’s been busy. Every seat around the bar is filled and the other bartenders, including family members of the owner, are friendly and attentive. Parking can sometimes be a challenge when they are really busy, but it’s worth it.
We stopped in and selected the Ichabod’s Gourded Ale after trying a small sample. The Ale is 7.6% ABV and pours a golden orange color. It’s heavy on pumpkin taste and an appropriate amount of spice without the sweetness that seems to plague some pumpkin ales. It’s extremely drinkable, which is dangerous considering the ABV.
If pumpkin isn’t your poison of choice, they also offer a solid selection of flagship beers that hit all the major categories. My personal favorites are Kathys Kreme Ale and their Knockout Stout.
If you can’t make it to the tap room, you may find their beers at various establishments in the Rochester area.
If you miss out on Ichabod’s Gourded Ale, don’t be sad. They’re releasing their Maple Vanilla Porter on Thursday, October 22nd at 4:00 PM.