Beer of the Week: Simcoe Single Hop

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 24, 2011 7:20 AM

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Denmark may have created an American beer better than the U.S itself.

Mikkeller Brewery, known for intensely flavored beverages, looked toward American beer manufacturers for inspiration. The result was Simcoe.

What Simcoe lacks in aroma, it makes up for in its noticeably rich taste. The beer hops, or bittering agents, are placed in the middle of the substance, increasing flavor and lowering scent.

“Simcoe allows you to really get to enjoy the single hop on its own,” said John’s Grocery employee Chelsie Gingery.

The dark-amber beer has a flavorful taste ranging from a sweet lemon and citrus zest to a bitter pine needle and caramel.

The numerous flavors of Simcoe help the beer to sell well throughout the year, Gingery said. The savory citrus is brought out in the summer, and bits of pine subdue the drink during the colder months.

“It has an appeal because you can drink it no matter what the season,” Gingery said.

— by Laura Willis

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