Beer Wednesday: The First of Many!
Monkshine, a Belgian-style blonde ale, from Uinta Brewery in Salt lake City, is a bright, yeasty, strong-flavored brew that I drank with an edamame-pesto pasta. The pasta was a bright, fresh, flavorful meal that the blonde and I shared, and the Monkshine paired with it pretty well.
I happen to be a big fan of Belgian-style brews, and while this vegan ale was a bit lacking in head, it had a clean finish, and a smooth mouth feel. It lingered on the tongue, without coating the inside of my mouth. It did have a little bit of an alcoholic burn, which while many people might call that a plus, I thought that the combination of that flavor and the yeastiness was a little weird. It wasn’t an offensive combination, it just didn’t appeal to me.
That complaint aside, I still liked the beer. It may be the irony that a decent beer is made in Salt Lake City, Utah, but overall the beer is just good. One of the major selling points is the fact that it is certified Organic, and while maybe hops and yeast don’t need to be organic in terms of total, overall health, I certainly prefer the things I put into my body to be clean.
If you are looking for a decent ABV (6.8%), or if you like a yeasty, malty beer with some bite, I would happily recommend Uinta Brewery’s Monkshine.