As a connoisseur of all things Pawtucket, I am naturally drawn to my city’s thriving craft brewing and distilling community – the best in Rhode Island by an order of magnitude.
Smug Brewing, on Carver Street in Pawtucket, has a variety of tasty brews that can be enjoyed or taken home in growlers and cans form their spacious tasting room.
To me, the pick of the litter is the ‘Be Fruitful and Multiply’ series; namely their sour offering. I’ve traditionally been a porter and stout guy throughout my life, and wasn’t really too much into sours – until I met and fell in love with this beauty.
This series features a rotation of delicious beers throughout the year, each featuring a different fruit. They’ve previously done blueberry and strawberry, among others, and their current offering is a cherry and acai sour.
Raising the snifter of beer to your nose, you notice the fruity aroma – inviting and yet not overpowering, a hint of what is to come.
As you sip this beer you get some sour tartness, but it’s not as pronounced as the hoppiness of IPAs, for example.
It’s refreshing, with a minimal aftertaste.
In fact, on many weekend afternoons at Smug, you will find people trying this for the first time and easily being converted into sour beer fans. It’s fun to watch people expand their palates with this offering.
At 5% alcohol you can enjoy a few of these on a lazy Saturday afternoon, after mowing your lawn and trimming your hedges, enjoying the fruits of your labors (pun intended). An ideal food pairing would be with gourmet tacos or a similar beef dish.
Verdict: Nectar of the Gods
Score: 5 out of 5 cans.
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