Coronado Brewing Berry the Hatchet
Introducing the Craft Corner Series
One thing that cannot go undiscussed on this blog is my love for good beer. Living in San Diego, a.k.a. America's beer capital, I have been spoiled by the proximity of many high impact breweries. Spending an afternoon at a local brewery is one of my favorite lazy Saturday activities, and I appreciate it the most when I'm in the company of my brother, Hayden, who has a ton of interesting beer knowledge to share. This is because he is one of few Certified Cicerones in the country.
If you have not yet heard of a Cicerone, it is beer’s equivalent of wine’s Sommelier. Cicerones have passed a series of exams, both written and tasting-based, to demonstrate that they have “the knowledge and skills to guide those interested in beer culture, including its historic and artistic aspects.” Basically, they're a wealth of interesting insights that can substantially enhance your beer-enjoying experience.
We're kicking off this series by squeezing in a seasonal brew at the tail-end of Summer: Coronado Brewing Company's Berry the Hatchet. Here's our take.
Brewery: Coronado Brewing Co.
Beer: Berry the Hatchet
Class: fruit infused wheat beer
Overall Impressions: The wine spritzer of beers, minus the overwhelming sugar. Hops are very subtle. Has a refreshing tartness, balanced with slight sweetness.
When to Drink It: On a hot Summer afternoon.
Best Paired With: Not highly pairable and could shine nicely as a solo feature.
Value and/or Availability: Summer only; Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin, Mexico, New Zealand, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and Japan.
All photos by Lauren Shipp