The Snobs were invited to attend the launch event for the new Wild
Acre Brewing opening soon in Fort Worth. We asked our own St.
Bernardus to attend and give his impressions of the new brews.
The number of craft breweries in Texas,especially the DFW area is
growing at a dizzying pace. However, keeping track of this ever
expanding market was made a little easier this past Saturday
thanks to our friends at the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth, who
sponsored a launch party for the newly opened Wild Acre Brewing.
The launch party featured their inaugural beer selection which is
made up of a nice cross section of different styles from light to dark.
This included a wheat, an "indian" red ale and finally a stout, easily
accommodating the varying taste preferences among your local beer
snobs (as well as those who are just thirsty).
For this review, the first
beer sampled was the
Wild Acre Moonlight
Shine, an American
Wheat Ale (5.7% abv).
I found Moonlight
Shine to be crisp,light,
and refreshing, with
subtle notes of citrus
combined with bread
giving it a flavor
reminiscent of a Belgian style blonde (think Affligem). The finish is
slightly hoppy leaving a mild bitter back, but not overly offensive.
Moonlight Shine is a nice, fresh beer, perfect for the summer
months,especially in the sweltering heat famous for Texas. I
understand that some minor retooling of the recipe is in the
works with the expected results being a more pronounced
vanilla aroma, but with little change in flavor from what I had.
Next up, Wild Acre
Tarantula Hawk India
Red Ale (6.5% abv) -
Described as an “India
Red Ale,” which as I
understand, is more
of a hybrid from your traditional red ale.
This beer is created
from both Mosaic
and Amarillo hops which account for both its reddish color and
hoppy flavor with leanings more in the direction of what you
would expect from an IPA rather than a Red Ale. While hoppy,
it’s not in-your-face hoppy, and can be enjoyed by both hopheads
and non-hopheads alike. A nice balanced flavor that goes well
with any occasion or food pairing.
the Soul Pleasure
(6% abv) – When
thinking of chocolate
stouts, the first thing
that usually comes to
mind is abeer with a
thick, heavy body and
big flavor; a beer
best suited for the
cold winter months and enjoyed in a cozy, warm pub among
friends. Soul Pleasure departs from that description a bit with
a lighter, less turbid consistency yet imparting the subtle notes
of chocolate and espresso you would expect to find in a chocolate
stout. The consistency reminds me of an Abita Turbo Dog, but
with a more complex and refined flavor like that of say, Sam
Smith’s Organic Chocolate Stout.
Their taproom and beer garden to open soon. Finding Wild
Acre Brewing should be easy enough, as they occupy some 5,000
square feet of space at the facility formerly home to Ranch Style
Beans just south of downtown.
Look for a new Lager to be released soon. - Cheers, St. Bernardus