Cutting the (lemon)grass, hold my beer

Foamer’s Folley Cuke-Lemongrass Kölsch

I knew that we were going to have the first hot days in the Cariboo for 2018 on this trip so I tried to plan my beverages accordingly. I’ve always been a big fan of a good kölsch, so I was interested when I spotted this slightly odd offering from Foamer’s Folley. In my head the 2 flavours of cucumber and lemon grass were going to meld into something green and fresh. So a bomber came along for the 6 hour drive and was set out as my reward for a good ride-on lawnmowing session.

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The smell was rather grassy, but seeing as I was literally covered in grass cuttings form head to toe, I wasn’t totally sure that was the beer.

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Once decanted (I’m not brash enough to chug from a bomber…of course I decanted), it had a slightly electric yellow hue and some serious carbonation. Feeling the giddy excitement of a beer that could change my whole day, I tossed back several sips to see what I’d unearthed. Interestingly it starts very classic kölsch-like, and then the flavour additions come late to the party for me. I got some real cucumber skin notes first. Then somewhere deep in the finish it changes. And I think that’s the lemongrass.

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Finding a suitable seat from where I could contemplate further I brushed a bit more grass from my hair and sat to carry on with this interesting brew. I had probably just sheared the tops off 2 acres of grasses and dandelions by this point and was hot and parched. This beer offers the thirst quenching power of cucumber water, and when icy cold goes down quickly.

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While I can’t tell if I’d enjoy this back home, sitting in a freshly mown grassy setting, beating the heat, and feeling certain that not a soul in the entire Cariboo area has made such a discovery as this particular beer, it tasted damn good. Like I had found the biggest nugget of the gold rush – a real smugness. That’s the power of drinking something rare in context. I did it first, it tasted sweetest.

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