Pints & Purls Edition 13: Cucumber Hibiscus Ale

This is the thirteenth in a series of installments that will highlight one of my favorite brews and which knits to go with it!  None of the breweries or yarn companies are compensating me – these are just my opinions on my personal experiences!

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Brew: Cucumber Hibiscus Ale

Brewer: Magic Hat

Malts: Pale, Wheat, Caramel

Hops: Apollo, ZeusIMG_0992

Flavors:  This beer smells fruity, tastes crisp with a coolness from the cucumber and a flowery bitter from the hibiscus.  No smooth finish here, it kind of tastes like citrus rind but in the delicious way with a slight tang.

Knit Pairings: The first taste of this beer is surprising but it absolutely grows on you by the end.  Flax or linen yarn is very similar, a bit surprising how it starts out a little crisp and rough but after a wash or two it softens right up and becomes your favorite fabric – and both the yarn and the beer are perfect for summer!

Notes:  Magic Hat has some awesome beers, if you’ve never tried them I highly recommend it!  And their website is entertaining as well, check it out!

Let me know what you think!  Suggestions for future beers, more/different information to include, this is a work in progress so I won’t be offended by constructive advice!