The featured beer painting of the day is of the Raspberry Wheat Ale by Sea Dog Brewing Company in Portland, Maine. This beer tastes like sweet raspberry juice, but is not pink. The bottle says that natural flavor is added, and I couldn’t find evidence in the beer, on the bottle, or on the brewery’s website about real raspberries added to this brew. So, I can’t say for sure what mysterious ingredient is responsible for the strong raspberry flavor. This is another one of those frequent occasions when I wish that breweries were required to disclose ingredients on packaging like any other food and beverage product in America. Like a shandy, this beer is refreshing, and forgiving at only 4.5% ABV. After consuming this bottle, I opened a bottle of Lindemans Framboise just to taste the difference between natural flavoring and real berries, but the comparison wasn’t fair because one is a wheat ale, and the other is a tart lambic.
My wife and I were in Portland, Maine less than two weeks ago, and have fond memories of the port town. The background scene in this painting is from a photo I took in Freeport. We drove down to the water to find a lobster shack, but it was closed for the season, so we didn’t linger by the water long, because we were too cold, and drove to a larger lobster restaurant near the outlet stores.
Cheers to the Raspberry Wheat Ale! A good beer for drinking on a boat! I hope your beer always makes people happy!