The combination of wheat and strawberries has given the world more than its fair share of tasty combos: strawberry shortcakes, tartlets, Victoria sponge cakes, cheesecake and many other pink and fruity baked goods to name a few. The pair is less commonly seen inside of a beer bottle, and that’s why Strawbeeri caught my eye the moment I saw it. Its pun-tastic name closed the deal.
Fun fact: strawberries are not berries at all, at least in the botanical sense (according to which bananas, kiwis and avocados ARE berries). Now that I got that out of my system, let’s go back to Strawbeeri: it was launched last June at taste of Dublin and is made in Ireland for Bartleys Beers, it is expected to be the first in a series of fruit beers and it’s brewed by The Station Works Brewery, in Newry, Co. Down. If the name rings a bell, it’s because it’s also the company behind well-liked range of craft beers by The Foxes Rock.
With a moderate ABV of 4.2% and made with natural strawberry juice, it’s a flavourful brew that has a very noticeable strawberry aroma and taste.
It pours a thin head and a slightly cloudy, strawberry blonde (couldn’t resist this colour description!) appearance. Besides the dominant character of the red pseudo-berry, you can get a bit of honey and ripe peach as support characters as well as biscuit or sweet bread notes.
It’s medium bodied and mellow, a richer alternative to berry ciders and a tasty pint that doesn’t overwhelm. Yes, it’s on the sweet side, but not as much as to make it a novelty product.
Strawbeeri is available at Fresh the Good Food Market at €2.95.
Gabriela’s passion for writing is only matched by her love for food and wine. Journalist, confectioner and sommelier, she fell in love with Ireland years ago and moved from Venezuela to Dublin in 2014.
Since then, she has written about and worked in the local food scene, and she’s determined to discover and share the different traditions, flavours and places that have led Irish food and drink to fascinate her.