Four Peaks Seasonals
The Seasonals, They Are a ‘Changin’
Although summer has begun to wind down our outstanding brew staff is just beginning to heat up! As we slowly approach what is arguably the most anticipated seasonal offerings of the year (Pumpkin Porter anyone?), we are kicking off the fall seasonals with our Hoof Hearted Belgian Wit!
Having almost as many aliases as Fletch (Yeah, I know you still enjoy watching that movie, don’t lie to yourself!), it is also known as Witbier, Biere Blanche, Belgian White, or simply, Wit depending on where in the world you live.
According to the Four Peaks website and esteemed brewer-ship, our interpretation is as follows:
Our version of a Belgian Wit is called “Hoof – Hearted Wit,” and is brewed to style with dried bitter and sweet orange peel and coriander seeds. Similar to a Hefeweizen with respect to the cloudiness of the beer and some phenolic (clove) and tart flavors, Wits should have white, rocky head when poured and should be almost white in appearance – hence the name.
Believe it or not, there is a rather interesting history that goes along with this Belgian style craft ale. It actually appears to be descended from a myriad of Medieval beers which, due in no small part to this epoch of time being referred to as The Dark Ages, were not brewed with hops at all. True, instead our clever ancestors needed to utilize various local spices, fruits and other indigenous plant life for flavor and preservation! Pretty crafty, eh? As with most of the other styles of beer, it was almost lost to history in the late 19th Century as a result of the rise in popularity of lagers. But we are proud to bring it back for you to enjoy as the summer heat begins to wane.