I have an almost unhealthy love for the old-time tourism postcards that flooded the United States in the early 1900’s. You know the kind, the ones that say “Greetings From” and then have the name of the city or state along with images in each letter?
I love those. And I have to give a big shout out to Central 28 for their newest can release of Sunshine Greetings (Pale Wheat Ale, 4.7% ABV, 10 IBU), taking this iconography and building a gorgeous can and fantastic beer around it.
The beer has an interesting orange color with the faintest (and please let me re-emphasize faintest) red in the hue. It’s an interesting look, and almost reminds me of some ciders that I’ve had that, especially the ubitiquous Rose ciders.
With the aroma, it’s unmistakably lager-esque. There’s a great malty character and biscuity sweetness to the aroma, with maybe a light touch a floral hops.
The flavor is very different, however. I would not be shocked if there was a copious amount of honey, or at least honey malts, used in the brewing, since there is a meaty sweetness evident. It also contains a nice sharp tang coming from the hibiscus, which brings an interesting electric element to the flavor without being necessarily overpowering.
I immediately fell in love with the beer from its looks and it’s great to see the beer inside is just as good. I am hoping this will be a permanent release, so we can get the beer more often.
Just don’t try to send a can through the mail.
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