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July 18th, 2012 BRIAN YAEGER | Drank
 

Drank: Devil’s Kriek (Double Mountain Brewery)

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Traditional krieks were lambic beers spiked with cherries, and were once the sole provenance of Belgium’s Senne Valley. Nowadays, sour beers made with wild yeasts appear almost everywhere, and krieks are often built from other styles, often Flanders red ales, which have natural cherry notes. Flanders provides the base for Double Mountain’s Devil’s Kriek. The Bing cherries, on the other hand, come directly from brewmaster Matt Swihart’s own orchard. Last week was (apparently) National Rainier Cherry Day, and Hood River’s Double Mountain drew drinkers to the Fruit Loop. The brewery also makes a second kriek with golden-blushed Rainier cherries and a base of strong Belgian blond ale. Both are excellent and will come to Portland (BeerMongers and the Portland International Beer Festival) in very limited quantities. Recommended.

 
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