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.
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).