Izard, Goose Island Debut Black Wit
By Chuck Sudo in Food on Apr 25, 2011 3:20PM
"I mentioned to Jared that I loved beers like Allagash White and other wheat beers," Izard wrote. "He suggested we brew a dark wheat beer. It's fun how it plays with your mind a bit as it looks like it is going to be very rich, but it turns out ot be very light and drinkable."
And there is that. But the real mind tripping starts once the beer hits the tongue and is overcome with a tingling sensation. Izard said she approached this the same way she does dishes at the goat, with an eye towards balance, but with layers of flavor. Izard used Thai chiles for a bit of heat; mustard seed and black peppercorns for a couple of different approaches to spice; orange zest and yuzu for a little bit of acid. Orange pulp was also added for some sweetness.
It's almost a shame that they're releasing the beer now. Izard is spot on about the balance and flavor. But with its lightness and 6 percent alcohol content, Black Wit is a summer session ale of the highest order. Izard said that the beer is much better directly off the tap than in a growler, and we're inclined to agree. Get it while it lasts.