October 9th, 2013
Brewing Company: Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Details: Shrimp sauteed with red pepper flakes, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
The beer was good, the shrimp was good, the two together were good.
St. Bretta is brewed by Crooked Stave in Denver, Colorado. St. Bretta is a seasonal release that changes every time depending on the fresh citrus available that season. The St. Bretta we tried was the Summer release and the featured citrus was Blood Orange.
I haven’t tried very many sour beers to date but I have certainly tried more this last year than I have any previous years. St. Bretta is definitely a sour yet it is surprisingly smooth compared to others.
The shrimp was good. It was nice and spicy. The combination of it being fast, easy, and tasty made it a good snack.
The big question is: how was the beer with the food? The answer is: good. The spiciness of the shrimp really tamed the sourness of the beer. For me, I felt that this was an improvement because my palette hasn’t quite gotten use to sour beers yet. The combination really allowed the citrus highlights of the beer to shine through and made it quite enjoyable.