Let's just say the word "crush" in this beer's title is an understatement. This here beer tastes like dang seltzer...in a very good, crushable way.
Z and I first had this at 10 Barrel Brewing's Portland pub (right around the corner from us) and loved it, so when it came out in cans, we were stoked. And it just happened to come out in cans right when the weather was getting to a record-breaking (for Portland) 90+ degrees.Good timing, 10 Barrel. Good timing.
What: Cucumber Crush by 10 Barrel Brewing, Portland and Bend, Oregon & Boise, Idaho
Style: Berliner Weisse
Tasting Notes: Fresh, juicy cucumber without the vinegar-y, too-much-like-pickles taste. It's basically like drinking a bubbly cucumber water with a subtle background of fresh-tasting hops and a little citrus. At only 5%, it's perfectly acceptable to crush several of these on a hot summer day.
Pairing Suggestion: Cookouts! Lawn games! A mid-bike ride refreshment! Really, this beer possesses enough flavor to stand up on its own, but I'd also kill to pair it with a grilled [veggie] burger right now.
Where Can I Find It? It's available on tap right now at their three locations. In cans, it's available at a ton of places right here in Portland - I'd list them out for you, but it would take a large amount of time. I'd suggest just calling your local grocery store/beer store and confirming they have it before trekking over. Chances are, they will!
What's your favorite "crushable" beer?