st. peter’s sorghum beer.
First, we loved the packaging (that’s the graphic designers in us). Then we cracked the pint-sized, old-fashioned bottle, and we loved the beer inside. Granted, we’re not big beer drinkers (question: can a GFer really BE a big beer drinker?), so our tastebuds might be out of practice when it comes to evaluating beer. But after sipping for ourselves – and then asking our non-GF friends & spouses to taste & evaluate – here’s what we think:
The nose is sweet, but the beer is actually quite dry, a sensory fake-out. The flavor was called “respectable” (according to one of our non-GFers), “refreshing” and “quite good.”
According to St. Peter’s, this sorghum beer is meant to be “a clean, crisp beer with a pilsner style lager finish and aromas of citrus and mandarin.” As for the bottle? It’s a “faithful copy of one produced c. 1770 for Thomas Gerrard of Gibbstown, just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia. The original is now kept in St. Peter’s Hall and is a rare example of an oval Eighteenth Century beer bottle.” Here at The Lab, we’ve already got big plans for reusing the bottle (nocino, anyone?).
UPDATE!! Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastopol is now serving St. Peter’s Sorghum beer by the bottle. They also currently have a couple of GF-friendly menu choices. Salads, of course, but also their sausage plate (yay! no bready fillers!) and their salmon dish.