Thursday, April 15, 2010

Peach Wheat vs. Wheach

Posted By on Thu, Apr 15, 2010 at 3:00 PM

click to enlarge On Tuesday, the deck outside McCoy's Public House was being refurbished -- it's now open again.
  • On Tuesday, the deck outside McCoy's Public House was being refurbished -- it's now open again.

The allure of a ripe peach is that when you bite into it, you're rewarded with a gush of sweet juice. If you substitute that juice for beer, now we're talking about a peach that adults might like.

Springtime brings all manner of ales and lagers, but it also is marked by the appearance of straw-colored sunshine in a pint glass: peach wheat. McCoy's Public House has its Peach Wheat on tap and the O'Fallon Brewery's Wheach is available in bottles. Kansas City is big enough for one fruit-based wheat beer. Let the battle commence.

click to enlarge The Peach Wheat at McCoy's is easy to drink.
  • The Peach Wheat at McCoy's is easy to drink.
McCoy's Peach Wheat. A rich, tawny color, it looks light a slightly cloudier wheat. Taking a whiff near the top of the glass, there's this sweet punch of peaches. It has the smell of the slightly candied bits of peach that make it into peach yogurt.

The taste is definitely more subtle. It's a mellow wheat beer with fruity notes that come through as the beer warms -- more of an inflection than an accent, which means that this is a clean, nice sipping beer for the sun.

click to enlarge O'Fallon's Wheach is a popular beer each spring and summer.
  • O'Fallon's Wheach is a popular beer each spring and summer.

O'Fallon Wheach. When talking with liquor-store clerks about what's new, everyone asks me if I've tried this beer. Released annually in March from the brewery in O'Fallon, Missouri, it's one of the few beers I think can cross over from the fruit beer world into simply the category of "beer."

This tastes like O'Fallon has pressed a ton of peaches into the bottle. The smell of peaches is like the nice warmth of apples from cider. A tad of sweetness comes through at the start and then after that, it's the light, citrusy wheat that predominates. It's refreshing.   

The winner? The peach wheat from McCoy's, although on a different day, you could sell me on the Wheach from O'Fallon. Both merit a lot of further drinking.

McCoy's can sell you a growler if you want some for your backyard or you can just sit out on the newly refinished deck. If you need a pairing for your peach wheat, I recommend the Honey Mustard Chicken Sandwich (smoked bacon, Swiss cheese, sauteed onions on a potato-onion roll).

click to enlarge The honey-mustard chicken sandwich from McCoy's is a good pairing with the Peach Wheat.
  • The honey-mustard chicken sandwich from McCoy's is a good pairing with the Peach Wheat.
 


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