Micro Breweries / Wine of the Week

Crispins Beer Pick – Lost Abbey Avant Garde

With the temperatures predicted to soar to 110 degrees today, I was looking for a clean and crisp beer to wash away the sweltering heat. I have found that and more with Lost Abbey Avant Garde Ale.

This beer that comes with a cork and a cage, and could be mistaken for the Champagne of Beers. The cork takes a bit of wrestling with strong hands to get out, but nothing good ever comes easy. It opens with a satisfying hiss, and the bubbles jump to life.

Lost Abbey Avant Garde. Photo by Crispin Courtenay.

Rich and golden in color with red hues. Pale tight head, with little lacing, so sippers will not be embarrassed with twenty tell-tale gulp marks in their pint glass. Rapid and vigorous carbonation, the bubbles are trying to leap out of the glass into your mouth.

Complex nose with aromas of baked apple pie, sweet malt and citrus. Crisp and refreshing in the mouth, taste of sugar cookies and tangerine peel. A little hop bite and bitterness mid-palate. Clean finish with citrus after-notes. Incredibly refreshing, a great Summer Beer that you could drink all-day long and not tire of.

You'll need some big paws to get this cork out, but the results are so worth the effort. Photo by Crispin Courtenay

Lost Abbey has an extensive barrel aging program, roasts their own malt in pizza ovens, and is inspired by Belgium Monastery-style beers. They enjoy extensive local distribution, and if where you are buying your beer does not carry Lost Abbey, you may want to consider your choice in retail stores a little more carefully.

If you are in San Marcos…I highly suggest that you get to San Marcos, the tasting room hours of operation are:

Friday: 4pm – 9pm
Saturday: 12pm – 6pm
Sunday: 12pm – 5pm

Brewery tours are available Saturday and Sunday

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