|Local Libations: Slumbrew|
|Features - Local Libations|
|Written by Michelle Collins|
I recently moved to Somerville. The younger population, hip vibe and active lifestyle were just a few of the reasons I set up home here. The fact that this city now brews its own beer is just one giant bonus.
Slumbrew is the research and development brand of Somerville Brewing Company. Founded as a result of 15 years of beer research and tasting by Caitlin Jewell and Jeff Leiter, Slumbrew “provides an opportunity to experiment with innovative local ingredients to produce craft beers that stand apart from typical formulations.”
Slumbrew currently has three beers on the market: Porter Square Porter, Flagraiser IPA and, the one highlighted here today, Happy Sol. Happy Sol is an unfiltered wheat beer brewed with local wildflower honey, orange peel, coriander and the juice from over 1,000 blood oranges.
The appearance of this citrus-infused brew is cloudy and fizzy with a frothy head. The aroma is pungent with citrus notes, wheat and yeast, yet is overall inviting. On the tongue, hints of the coriander and honey play on the tongue, while the orange taste is almost watered down – more like orange juice versus a freshly squeezed piece of fruit.
With a light alcohol by volume of 5.5%, this brew – only sold in pint-sized bottles, for about $6.45 – is a great refreshing beer for any time of the year. Thought wonderfully light and refreshing for a humid summer barbeque, the seasonal hits of coriander and fruit make it satisfying on a chilly winter day in Somerville, too.
In addition to the three beers already on the market, Slumbrew has a few other beers currently in the works, including a Honey Ginger Beer, Ryes and Shine and Jazzy IPA.