In this beer blog, we are going to get into another brew from a brewery I want to visit one day. It is DC Brau and it is their seasonal or limited release called EL Hefe Speaks Limited-Release German-Style Wheat Beer. If you read my earlier blog on their stout, you know the history of this brewery. If you have not, please, read that beer blog post to get to know this up and coming brewery from the DC area. Let us get into this brew that I received from a friend.
It has a cloudy yellow with a white head on the beer. The smell is of bananas in this beer. The taste is of a heavy bananas to this wheat ale. The aftertaste is a slight fading banana. It is pretty drinkable beer.
Here is a description from the beer can:
This traditionally brewed German-Style wheat is our collaboration with Chris Frashier and John “Solly” Solomon, who are both well-known for their delicious brewing work in the Washington DC area.
Here is a description from their website (www.dcbrau.com):
EL HEFE SPEAKS™
We crafted EL HEFE SPEAKS!, our fond farewell to summer, as a collaboration with John Solomon and Chris Frashier. The pair are well known for their fine (and tasty!) work at Old Dominion in Ashburn, VA, during the mid 90’s.
EL HEFE SPEAKS! is a traditionally brewed German-style Hefe. It is fermented around 65°F and hopped with German Tettnang hops. 11 IBUs and 5.3% ABV make this one extremely drinkable.
If you think it speaks to you as well, definitely try a glass… because it will be gone before you can say “sweater weather”.
“We’re tremendously excited to bring this specialty brew to the District,” said DC Brau Co-Founder and CEO, Brandon Skall, “Working with other local brewers on this project has made presenting the final product even better.”
The beer was brewed at DC Brau in early August. “El Hefe Speaks” uses the Weihenstephaner yeast strain, a classic, popular German wheat beer strain used worldwide.
John Solomon and Chris Frashier have been a part of the DC brewing community for years. The two worked together at Old Dominion Brewing Company in Ashburn, VA before opening Solly’s U Street Tavern. Frashier brewed at Capital City Brewing Company for 7 years before brewing at Old Dominion for 5 years. Solomon worked at Old Dominion for a total of 11 years.
COMING SOON IN 22oz BOMBERS!
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
In closing, as many of you know, I am NOT a fan of wheat beers. However, I have grown a love towards German wheat or German what styles, this is one of those beers. I really enjoyed this brew and I stun everyone in the room and on twitter. This is a great brew and it is well balance. It gives you everything you are looking for in a German wheats. There is bananas in the aroma and the drinking experience. I wish I had more and I know they are working on making it in 22oz bottles. So far everything, I had from this brewery is great. I highly highly recommend you trying this brew and this brewery’s beers. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser