Coming together over craft beer.
Session beers are becoming all the rage, and it is about time. The noble (status, not hopped) Indian Pale Ale still rules as king of the court in American craft beer, but as craft beer slowly works its way down from the beer elite to attract a broader base of beer drinker, the industry is searching for those perfect recipes that combine uniqueness, flavor, and quality with out over loading on alcohol. Even for the seasoned craft beer aficionado, or the novice craft beer lover like myself, sometimes your not looking for the latest imperial, barrel aged, two hour hopped masterpiece, but rather a simple yet enjoyable beer you can relax with, then relax with again, and then relax with again… you get the idea. That was the case for me a few weeks back. Out with some friends, I reviewed the beer menu specifically looking for my session beer for the night. And what I found, to my extreme delight, was Left Hand’s seasonal brew Good Juju.
From Left Hand’s website: “Emancipate yourself from the dead of winter, none but the vernal equinox can free the light. A refreshing frivolity. Hey mon. Shuccha fwangaa! Better a witch doctor than a trouble maker. Quit yor’ bitchin’ an’ get to witchin’.”
I have no idea what any of that means, so anyone who wants to interpret ‘fwangaa’ for me, I would appreciate it. Sounds cool though, right? Good Juju is technically an Herb/Spiced beer with fresh ginger, and at 20 IBU’s and 4.5% alcohol, you can enjoy a few of these delightful beverages and still remember the best parts of the night.
As for the beer, it is light in an amber/brown color and clear. It’s easy drinking thanks to its low bitterness, but has a strong enough flavor from the malt and the ginger that after a couple you are not bored. I had 4 or 5 pints over 5 hours and didn’t feel the need to stray. Softly carbonated, so there really was nothing that would ‘bite back’ in this beer.
If you are on the hunt for a good session beer, I would highly recommend you give Left Hand Good Juju a shot. Cheers!
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