Saturday, December 10, 2011
Bend Brewing Ching Ching Pomegranate and Hibiscus Berliner Weisse
Bend Brewing Ching Ching Hibiscus Berliner Weisse, an award-winning but not regularly available sour ale from Bend Brewing Co, poured the color of rose wine with heavy curtains of carbonation feeding a thin, spritzer head. The nose was sour, with dry grains and a touch of vinegar over very subtle notes of hibiscus.
Bend Brewing Ching Ching Sour Ale opened puckeringly sour with a subtle, underlying vinegar. As the tartness subsided, hibiscus and unripe pomegranate dame through, similar to the semi-sweet hibiscus tea made in Mexico. The ale ended with an understated but supportive sweetness that rounded out the drinking experience. The fade had an airy, tea-like quality to it and the vigorous carbonation kept things light and soda-like throughout.
Bend Brewing Ching Ching Berliner Weisse was my favorite discovery on my last trip to bend, and I'm sorry to see the last bottle gone. Truly a unique and exciting beer drinking experience.