Beer by the Grill: Forbidden Root Money on My Rind in Riedel Beer Glass

Beer by the Grill: Forbidden Root Money on My Rind in Riedel Beer Glass
Forbidden Root Money on My Rind

I’ve been backed up up with writeups of beers once again. This was done out by the grill on a rainy July 30. And I’m sampling both a beer and a glass that was sent to me for my comments.

Saturday afternoon, and I see we may have a few hours between raindrops. So I’m seeing if I can smoke a few small items from the bottom of my freezer while opening another beer. So come indulge me while I go with the strange combination of Tilapia and turkey sausage with the latest from Forbidden Root.

Money on my Rind is the latest year-round beer from the “Botanical brewer” Forbidden Root. They describe it as “a Belgian-inspired witbier brewed with juniper berries, grapefruit peel and juice.” Okay, I’m getting into a lot of Wit, or Belgian wheat beers, lately, along with the much pushed sours and what many finally be a passing craze for hoppy IPAs.

As I hope this picture shows, the beer pours a hazy yellow, like the expected Belgian Wit profile. A thin head resolves to a slight ring of foam around the edge of the glass. The smell is more along the lines of lemon and ginger; perhaps when I hear the words juniper berries, I think of gin. That and a bit from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The taste has more of a coriander spice, also known, I believe, as grains of paradise. The total effect is of another slightly tart, light summer beer, good for after chores tor to go with, hmm, tilapia, I think. Or other light meats like chicken or pork. Which leads to the theory I’m working that your easiest beer pairing is to match the color to a wine color: light wheat beers and pilseners for white wine foods, to dark stouts and ports for red wine foods. But there are exceptions everywhere.

Forbidden Rooy Money on my Rind

Forbidden Rooy Money on my Rind

I began tasting out of the Riedel Veritas Beer glass in my previous beer review, so you can check out the background on the link The glass easily contains a 12 oz. pour, with room for foam at the top. Its tulip shape is mainly meant for Belgian style beers, but can also be found wrapped around hoppy pale ales, as the shape helps concentrate aromas around the nose. The short stem does take some practice to handle, but it does help to make the crystal look a little less fragil. And you can put this in the dishwasher with a bit more confidence.

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