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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Try This Pairing: cask IPA & Watermelon Gazpacho

At Blind Tiger, this was at first a daunting question. The watermelon gazpacho sounded so appealing that I just had to order it. But, which beer to choose to go with it? Turns out the cask-conditioned Cape Ann (of Gloucester, MA) Fisherman's Greenhorn Double IPA poured via gravity was up to the challenge. The near absence of carbonation allowed tasty and fragrant hops to shine in and amongst the fresh garden flavors of pepper, onion, tomato, garlic, and (yes) watermelon. It was like a big fresh harvest. Goes to prove that sometimes the simplest combinations are the best. And, if you're wondering, the watermelon played a background role bringing in just the slightest notion of watermelon rind to knock off a tiny bit of the garlic, onion, and pepper wallop.

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