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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