Beer, Space and Time: Shock Top Wheat I.P.A.
Every so often, a brewery or distributor is kind enough to send me a sample or two of their beers, or someone hands me one because they want to know what I think of it.
The problem is, this site focuses more on traveling to good beer rather than reviewing it.
So with this feature, I pass along a few basics about the brew, give you the brewer’s take on it, and then close my eyes and use my experience and imagination to write about the space and time might best be enjoyed.
Brewed by: Anheuser-Busch InBev, St. Louis, Missouri.
What the Brewer Says: Shock Top Wheat IPA is a unique hybrid style that brings the refreshment and smoothness of a wheat beer and marries it with the crisp, hoppy bitterness of an India Pale Ale (IPA). To create the new beer, brewmasters started with Shock Top’s signature recipe, adding citrusy Cascade and Magnum hops and dry hopping the beer for several days to give Wheat IPA the rich, hoppy aroma that is the signature of IPAs.
The Space and Time: Your teenage daughter just finished another horse-riding competition at an outdoor arena a couple of hours from your house. She acquired another rainbow of ribbons, but while she’s grooming the horse, you go to get the pickup and trailer to bring around to the stables. Then you notice some of the other dads gathered around a picnic table. You walk over to say hi, and one of the guys hands you a Shock Top Wheat IPA. Just the thing to wash down the dust in your throat that was raised by the horses cantering around the dirt track. Then you remember you have to get the trailer.
Fun Fact: Shocktop worked with renowned Earthwork artist Stan Here to … well, just click here to find out.
Where You Can Find It: Across the U.S.
Disclaimer: This beer was supplied to me by a representative of the brewer. All opinions are my own.