To celebrate the end of eating leavened grain for seven days, Trudy and I ate a veggie hot dog dinner last night, with mustardy buns and beans and pickles and potato chips. All great stuff for we two American-born and -bred Israelis.
I eased it down with sips of Sparrow Brewery's new Zythos Wheat IPA. I haven't seen any Sparrow beer in Jerusalem. I bought a bottle when I visited Beer & Beyond in Tel Aviv a few weeks ago.
It was an excellent choice. Using wheat in an IPA is not very common, and in this case it adds a little of the sweetness and crispness of a wheat beer to the IPA hoppiness. And these are not just any hops. As the name says, these are Zythos hops, a special blend of West Coast U.S. hops which was formulated to enhance the aroma and flavor of IPAs. Wow, does it ever!
I got strong notes of citrus, particularly red grapefruit (how delicious was that!), and a little bit of pine and spice. It ends with the bitterness you expect from a good IPA. In short, a thoroughly enjoyable ale which would go well by itself on a hot day, or with any strong, spicy dish -- or even American-style hot dogs and beans.
Sparrow's Zythos Wheat IPA was a good last beer to have before Passover. Now it's a week of apple cider, arak and slivovitz. Not especially bad -- but not beer. Maybe by next year, we will have a Kosher for Passover beer. Stay tuned.
With Passover and Easter upon us, I want to wish a very happy holiday to all my readers.
!חג כשר ושמח