Tahoma Kriek (2017)
Double Mountain Brewery
A Note on This Beer
Scoring an awesome 97/100 from Draft Mag, today’s tart and fruity Tahoma Kriek might look like a Golden Ale, but it’s absolutely bursting with tart cherry flavor.
It even earned Double Mountain a shoutout from CraftBeer.com as one of 8 American Breweries Mastering Kriek Beer.
But much like the delicious Rainier Cherries it’s made with, Tahoma Kriek is super-limited, and it’s only available for a short time. In fact, this stuff is so rare that we managed to score less than 10 cases!
This is a fleeting chance to snag a bottle of this celebrated brew without scouring trade forums or trekking out to Hood River to visit the brewery.
Bring Tahoma to your next crafty gathering, and every Sour fan is going to want a taste. If they’re really tuned into the scene, they might have a bottle of Double Mountain’s famed Devil’s Kriek in the cellar. Heck, you might have one yourself.
But a bottle of this Tahoma version is a far rarer prize — and it comes with way bigger bragging rights!
There’s a good chance your pals haven’t even heard of it — or of Rainier cherries. If you’re not familiar with this hard-to-find cherry variety, here’s all you need to know: they’re bright yellow with a lighter flavor, ultra-sweet, hard to find outside of the Pacific Northwest, and freakin’ delicious.
If you really want to sound like an expert, just mention that Rainiers are named after the tallest peak in the Cascade range. A mountain the indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest call Tahoma — hence the name of today’s beer.
Or you could just open the bottle and let the flavors speak for themselves.
Pop the top and it smells like a rich, homemade cherry compote thanks to over a year in neutral oak barrels with heaps of whole, locally-grown Rainier cherries. Double Mountain’s house blend of wild cultures and Brett imbues Tahoma with tart, zingy sourness and hints of funky complexity. Look for notes of peach, raspberry, and passionfruit that totally hide the 9.2% ABV.
Grab a bottle of Tahoma and find out what happens when one of the country’s finest Kriek brewers loads up on one of the world’s rarest, and tastiest, cherries.
Rated 97/100 on Draft Mag; 91/100 on BeerAdvocate
Packaged On June 20th, 2018
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