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Craft Beer: Dixie Brewing Co., Dixie Beer

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This beer is without a doubt one of the more perplexing bottles I have ever picked.  To be honest, the bottle was so confounding that I wouldn’t have picked it up if there hadn’t been so few craft beer options at my local liquor store’s pick-a-pack shelf.  (A helpful guideline for pick-a-pack stock-persons, make that section at least 50% craft beers!  I feel like that’s the whole point. Beers like Bud Lite is prolific enough to not need to be sampled in a pick-a-pack.)  The label is incredibly old-timey and it gives no information with regards to what is in the bottle except “beer brewed with genuinely clear water”.  To be honest, I don’t think I have ever drank beer that hasn’t been made with clear water.  It seems like a rather low bar to advertise being overcome, in my opinion.

According to the fine print, this beer is 4.5% ABV and is brewed for Dixie brewing company in New Orleans, LA, by Joseph Huber brewing Co.  in Monroe, WI.  My understanding is that this is currently contracted out due to the damage caused to the original brewery by a hurricane passing through Louisiana.

The beer pours as a healthy golden color with a small head.  The head fizzled out a little quicker than I expected, but as I’ve said before, a frothy head isn’t the only measure of a great beer.

The smell is very unusual for a craft beer.  The two scents that it reminds me of are lemon rind and freshly cooked corn.  And yes, I sat here sniffing my glass for as long as you think I did while I tried to isolate those two scents.

First impressions on the taste of this beer is that is as complex and mysterious as the bottle’s label.  I got hit with this team of flavors that are going to take a while to sort out completely.  There is a very light tartness to this beer that reminds me of an aspect of sour mash whiskey.  It’s an overtone that lasts through the entire experience of the beer.  As the beer finishes, you get a bit of a smokey essence to keep things pleasantly complex.  The core flavor is very different.  It has a calm sweetness, like a neutrally flavored fruit.  It makes me think of cold cherries or grapes that aren’t too sweet, and aren’t to tart.

I am very glad I took a chance on this beer.  It is so complex I think I could sit here drinking a six-pack just exploring the flavor.  It is a very light refreshing flavor that would be great for sitting on a porch-swing or hammock on a hot day.  If I had to put a name to it it’d be an ale, but Dixie Brewing could help clarify for all of us.  Its flavor is light enough to be a little bit closer to your standard American beers than what you normally expect from the current craft beer market.  That doesn’t mean it isn’t an amazing beer to experience, just know it isn’t as rich and filling as a lot of the other beers out there.  If anybody from Dixie brewing ever sees this, I’d like to say that you are doing yourself a great disservice by using a label that doesn’t better explain what type of beer you’re selling.  I’m glad I tried this, but I almost didn’t because the label, while traditional, is too mysterious to compete with a lot of the other craft beers currently on the market.  For all I know, I might have been buying a milk stout!

If you find this beer I would definitely suggest you give it a try.  Sub it in for your mass-produced beer at a cook-out or camping trip and you won’t be disappointed.

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