Dogfish Head’s Festina Peche was one of my favorite beers this summer. It’s a seasonal release (unfortunately!), and is described by the brewery as a “refreshing neo-Berliner Weisse, available in 4-packs and on draft during the sweaty months.” While I’m glad we’re nearing the end of the “sweaty months” here in San Diego, I know I’m going to crave this beer year-round!
Berliner Weisse (German for “Berlin white”) is a sour, white beer with a low ABV — usually around 3-4%. The style is fermented with ale yeast as well as with lactic cultures that give it a signature acidic character. It’s often served with flavored syrups as well.
Interestingly enough, the style was given “Protected Geographical Indication” in the European Union, so the title “Berliner Weisse” only truly applies to beers brewed in Berlin. In the 19th century, Berliner Weisse was the most popular alcoholic drink in the city, but the number of breweries that serve it has sadly decreased. However, in the past year I’ve seen a surge in the number of US breweries that are reviving the style.
According to the Delaware-based brewery, “In Festina Peche, since the natural peach sugars are eaten by the yeast, the fruit complexity is woven into both the aroma and the taste of the beer so there is no need to doctor it with woodruff or raspberry syrup.” It really does have a delicious peach taste, but it’s not too overpowering. My boyfriend was hesitant to try it because he doesn’t care for peaches, but he loved it!
As a side note: I saw a photo on Instagram of Festina Peche being brewed with Sour Patch Kids, and… oh my gosh. Roadtrip to Delaware, anyone?
At 4.5%, I could sip Festina Peche all day long. Its distributed to more than 25 states, and I found it at one of my favorite local craft beer shops (shout-out to Bottlecraft!). You may still be able to find a few 4-packs in your state. But if not, join me in searching for it at the start of next summer!