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Beer Of The Week: Destihl Brewery's Counter ClockWeisse

By Melissa McEwen in Food on May 24, 2015 6:00PM


Who would have ever thought that amazing sour beer would be coming out of Central Illinois? And in cans? Not long ago it was hard enough to find a sour beer in Chicago proper, but these days breweries across the Midwest are producing a wide range of excellent styles of sour beers. Destihl Brewery in Bloomington keeps knocking it out of the park with their Wild Sour series. We recently featured Here Gose Nothin', and the Counter ClockWeisse is another home run for the series.

It's brewed with lactic-acid producing bacteria and wild yeast in the style of a Berliner Weisse, an increasingly popular style with local brewers. It's understandable why since it's hard to find a style that's this refreshing. And the citrus-like tartness and pleasant carbonation makes it a perfect pairing for the kind of fatty foods people like to grill up in the summer. Just thinking of this beer paired up with a hot grilled bratwurst topped with strong spicy mustard makes my mouth water.

But be warned: This beer is truly very sour and will not please people who begrudge the style. It pours straw yellow and has strong elements of lemon and yeasty kombucha. It's only 3% alcohol, so it's an excellent session beer for daytime enjoyment.

Counter ClockWeisse is available on draft and in 12 oz. cans, check to see where you can pick some up for the holiday weekend.