Reynard's Witbier: The New Beer of Summer
As soft spring days stretch into warm summer nights, Down The Road is proud to reintroduce Reynard’s Witbier, a smooth 4.5% Belgian session blossoming with bitter orange zest, Indian coriander and smooth chamomile.
Named for the notorious Reynard the Fox of Belgian folklore, Down The Road’s Witbier encourages the inner trickster in all of us. The roguish fox was a staple of European literature during the Middle Ages, partly because he functioned as a proxy for authors to discuss, criticize and outright mock the hegemony of the time. A local authority could easily seek recourse against a writer for direct slander, but none could take offense at the hijinks of a silly fox. In the stories, Reynard dueled lupine knights, tricked leonine monarchs and cheated death with naught but his wit. Like its namesake, Reynard’s Witbier is light and adaptable, but surprisingly complex.
As a style, Belgian Witbier has been around since the 16th century and is defined by its liberal use of exotic fruits and spices with a heavy ratio of wheat in the grain bill. We use chamomile to add a distinct softness that plays foil to the bitter orange zest and citrusy coriander. The result is an extremely well-balanced wheat ale that any palate can appreciate and enjoy.
Reynard’s Witbier is a seasonal release for Spring/Summer and will be available in 16oz cans and on draft. The first batch will land on shelves and tap lines in mid May and will remain available through August.