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Friday beer: Peach Pie Heffy

Peach Pie Heffy from Laht Neppur Brewing was not the best beer I sampled Wednesday at the Oregon Brewers Festival, but it was worth thinking about and a perfectly pleasant three-ounce experience.

In fact, it does taste like peach pie, with a bit of crust — reminiscent of Key Lime Pie from Short’s Brewing. Jeff Alworth said it didn’t taste like beer. I understand his thinking but I suspect that the underlying beer character — mouthfeel, some balancing non-sweetness from hops and fermentation byproducts — helped make it something I was happy that I tried.

Jeff said that he and his friends, who gather annually for the OBF experience as much as the beer and mostly avoid overthinking beer, had once played a game where they’d get a sample and then classify it as “beer” or “not beer.” Those conversations are not uncommon at OBF.

I amused myself a while Wednesday by eavesdropping on people discussing Peach Pie Heffy or just thinking about trying it.

“Oooh, that sounds gross.”

“Those guys make some good beers. They should have brought one of those.”

“This would be good on a hot day.” (It was pouring rain at the time.)

Beer? Not beer? I guess it depends who you ask.

*****

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4 Responses to Friday beer: Peach Pie Heffy

  1. Jerry Mitchell July 25, 2014 at 10:10 am #

    Beer, but for people that don’t really like beer.

    • Stan Hieronymus July 27, 2014 at 6:23 pm #

      Jerry – Daria and I were back at OBF on Saturday. Very crowded, in a way that you end up talking about beers you tasted with total strangers, trading suggestions.

      In one of those conversations with a guy who obviously was not afraid of bold beer flavors – sour beers, hoppy beers, fine with him – he suggested we really should try Peach Pie Heffy.

      • Jerry Mitchell July 28, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

        I said that as an old curmudgeon that prefers more traditional style beers. Heck, I even prefer my IPA’s to be somewhat balanced.

        Those type of beers are something I’d try, but rarely buy a pint or a sixer of. Give me a Dunkel, please.

  2. Jeff Alworth July 31, 2014 at 3:00 pm #

    Sorry I missed this post, Stan. We will have to have a gentleman’s agreement about whether it was good or not, but I share Jerry’s view: it tasted like a soda made with fresh fruit. To that extent it was pleasant and refreshing. But I think you could give it blind to ten people and at least half wouldn’t know it was a beer.

    Thus, “not beer.”

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