Carla Jean Lauter

The Beer Babe

Ithaca Beer Co. – Apricot Wheat

I also picked this one up at Wegmans in Dewitt, as well. (This may become a theme in the next few weeks. There’s a lot of beer waiting to be tasted).

On my first relaxing evening in a long time, I decided to open up the fridge and pull out something fun. Not willing to break into something really heavy or high in alcohol, I pawed through the bottles and saw the Apricot Wheat beer from Ithaca Brewing.

It pours a great golden color with an-almost pilsner like behavior – lots of swirling effervescence and a nice springy head. I was happy that a sweet aroma of apricots wafted up to my nose before even taking a sip. The full nose is very sweet, not a lot of wheat there that I can pick up.

Then, I tasted it. To anyone looking for something subtly apricot (like a Magic Hat #9), you will not be happy with this beer. For someone looking for a great flavor to complement things like bleu cheese, walnuts and a great salad, you’re in luck. This beer has a lot to offer, and is very strongly flavored. However, I like it a lot – mostly for its unapologetic apricot taste. I think it’s great fodder for pairing, could be enjoyed with something sweet or savory, and defies the seasons. I’m drinking this in December – and I’m thinking about figs and pears. But this could equally be enjoyed in the heat of summer. Nice job, Ithaca! I’m looking forward to trying a few more brews from these guys if I can get a hold of them.


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  1. louise

    With so many varied beers to choose from in Ithaca, NY, it’s gratifying knowing that this is probably the local citizenry’s most favorite of IBC’s beers. I say gratifying as it’s my fave, too.

  2. Judson Strausberg

    More recently, English settlers brought the apricot to the English colonies in the New World. Most of modern American production of apricots comes from the seedlings carried to the west coast by Spanish missionaries. Almost all U.S. commercial production is in California, with some in Washington and Utah.”,,^

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  3. This is probably one of my most favorite beers. Love the taste and it’s very flavorful on a nice fall day in Central NY.

  4. Wow, that sounds great. If I ever see it (maybe when I’m up north somewhere) I’ll have to pick it up!

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