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HomeBrewTography and a Beer Review: The Alemonger’s From H.O.P.P.E.R.S. Wit Love


The Alemonger's Wit Love #1

Way back in early May, our good friend The Alemonger set out to create a new home brew as a going away present for his friends and neighbors Dennis and Renee (they were moving to yet another Craft Beer centric metropolis: Denver, Colorado, home of the Great American Beer Festival). Since Dennis and Renee are fans of Belgian Wit Ales, The Alemonger created his own version which would include whole vanilla beans in addition to the traditional Belgian Wit spices, i.e. coriander, clove, orange peel, etc..

Here is what The Alemonger has to say about this very special beer:

Like a close friendship, good beer starts with a great formula. What started with a simple gathering grew into the perfect blend of wit and flavor. Far from vanilla (except for the beans, of course). From H.O.P.P.E.R.S. Wit Love is our homage to great memories and the future!

“Like a close friendship, good beer starts with a great formula. What started with a simple gathering grew into the perfect blend of wit and flavor. Far from vanilla (except for the beans, of course). From H.O.P.P.E.R.S. Wit Love is our homage to great memories and the future!”

Once again, a Craft Beer aficionado proves that Craft Beer people are damn good people! While I didn’t get a chance to help out with the actual brewing or even say goodbye to Dennis and Renee (also damn good people!), The Alemonger was kind enough to save me a bottle. Let’s find out if his latest brewing concoction is any good…

The Alemonger's Wit Love #2

  • Appearance: Slightly cloudy pale orange color. Fluffy, off white foam that settles down to about a quarter of an inch.
  • Aroma: All of the classic Belgian Wit aromas are their, i.e. coriander, orange zest, and a hint of clove, but with a subtle vanilla bean scent lingering in the background.
  • Taste: Medium carbonation with a velvety smooth mouthfeel. All of the aromas in the nose carry through to the palate and are there from start to finish. Very crisp and clean finish with a lingering orange zest and vanilla aftertaste.
  • ABV: 6.5%

While I personally have no desire to home brew, I have much respect for those that are willing to go through what I suspect is a pain in the ass process. I mean let’s face it, if it weren’t for home brewers (and Jimmy Carter), there wouldn’t have been a Craft Beer Revolution in the USA, and we’d all be stuck drinking swill like Miller 64 (on the plus side, at least Miller 64 is very very wet. To be exact, it’s about 97.2% water. That’s pretty darn wet in my book!).

With regards to From H.O.P.P.E.R.S. Wit Love, I am pleased to report that The Alemonger’s home brewing adventure was a smashing success. While The Alemonger has numerous moments of supreme lunacy, when it comes to Craft Beer, he is deadly serious, and all of that seriousness is evident in the finished product. And here is the ultimate kicker: you would never know that this beer is 6.5%. Bravo Señor!

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  1. Sounds tasty. And Alemonger puts a lot more effort into his labels than I did when I home brewed. Don’t get the bottles wet, or the crayon might wash off.

    However, in a total off topic comment. I’m about to go bat-sh$t crazy on Miller. Because every time I read Miller 64 ANYWHERE, that sea shanty song has to run through my head about 64 times. That kind of mind programming I believe is outlawed. I want it out Miller! OUT!!

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    • LOL! Funny you mention that. As I was driving home from dinner in Philly last night, Mrs. G-LO and I were listening to Prairie Home Companion on NPR. At the end of the show, they started singing some song and every time they got to the chorus, I would break out with “Miller 64. Miller 64…”. Weird right?

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  2. Odd as it seems – I’m certain that I spent more time on the labels than I did on the recipe. The label for Wit Love was a joint effort between me and the other founding H.O.P.P.E.R. (who, in all honesty, gets a ton of credit for the idea of brewing a farewell batch in the first place). He was primarily responsible for the back label copy and we designed the labels during “breaks” on brew day (night).

    I had a little more fun with this one because it was an all grain brew and I didn’t use a pre-packaged recipe kit. I’m glad you (and I guess most everyone else that tried it) liked it. If I didn’t live in a constant state of domestic germ warfare it wouldn’t be such a project to brew more often.

    Thanks for writing it up and for making it look like a legitimate brew.

    ~Cheers!

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    • You’re very welcome! Twas a tasty beer and I just love the back story. Once again, thanks for sharing! I hope to take part in the next home brewing project of yours. Keep me posted!

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