What follows is the May 29th edition of my weekly column written for DIG Magazine.
Southern Tier entered the Louisiana market in mid-May with a trio of six packs: Hop Sun wheat ale, 2XIPA, and Live pale ale. I’ve had several of the Lakewood, N.Y., brewery’s offerings in the past, but Live was a new one to me. The name Live refers to the live yeast that is added at bottling, which helps to add carbonation, giving it a zing when you pour it into your glass.
Live pours a yellow-orange color with a finger of off-white head that dissipates quickly. The clarity is high in this beer, as you can see right through it without a hint of haze. The bold aroma is of tropical fruit and pine, with a touch of biscuity malt. The first sip brings notes of pineapple, apricot and grapefruit, though slightly muted when compared to the nose. It finishes easy with some malt sweetness and a touch of bitterness. This is a very drinkable beer, which should be a hit during our hot summer months. The bold aroma and hop flavor will please most any hophead, yet it’s light enough to drink several in a sitting, as Live weighs in at 5.5 percent ABV.
Southern Tier Live retails for around $9 a six pack, and can be found at Calandro’s Supermarket as well as other fine grocery and liquor stores in Baton Rouge.