Ithaca White Gold

Ithaca Beer Company, Ithaca, NY
White Gold
Rustic Pale Wheat Ale
8.0% ABV
22 oz. bottle into snifters

We had been on the road for long enough to develop serious postural dysfunctions by the time we rolled into the snowy streets of Rochester, NY. The snow was as deep as my leg, and nearly as pale. At that time I had a majestic beard and had just consumed a half-kilo of Canadian trail mix. Alex (see link for more information) met us in time to watch the final hockey game of the Olympics and then guided us back to his mansion.

We were tired, but we knew what we had to do: drink beer.

At the Tap and Mallet all was still. A few stray customers quietly drank beers and gazed around the room. We burst through the door and strutted over to the four reserved tables in low-light at the edge of the far room. I removed several layers of clothing and surveyed the place. I liked what I saw.

The barman came over and looked at the bottles we had brought in with us. I grunted and he understood that everything was just fine.

Just then, a figure sidled up to our table. I recognized the type:

Neil, Beer Aficionado

We raised our glasses to Uncle Neil and spoke of the beer life. We traded 6 packs while Alex supervised with a godfather-like benevolence. Then, Neil palmed a bottle of White Gold from Ithaca Beer Company. Our eyes jerked wide like a rottweiler’s mouth as it bites into a muffaletta sandwich.

Neil seemed pleased to gain a few Michigan rarities, though our bounty was depleted slightly during a freak accident on the icy streets of Canada (in short, I was in a hurry to get back to watching curling and the bottom of a 6-pack went soft). At any rate, Neil packed a few goodies into his BeerBag to tuck into his BeerFridge, where he stores a rotating collection of 4,500 to 5,000 high-end delicacies.

A few weeks later we cracked open the White Gold and were delighted. It was as crisp and slightly yellowish as unplowed Rochester snow. Excellent sour notes rounded out the vaguely funkilicious yeast experience. This marvelous marvel is bottle-conditioned so you’ll get a muddy brown slurry if you eagerly pour to the last drop, as we did. Stellar.

We’ll see you at the Tap and Mallet.


~ by Perry S. on April 15, 2010.

One Response to “Ithaca White Gold”

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