When I first started writing about beer, most of the “Great Beers of Belgium” celebrated in Michael Jackson’s groundbreaking 1991 book weren’t available in Atlanta. In fact, they weren’t common anywhere in the U.S.
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Beer Pick: Sweetwater The Price Is Wrong
Sweetwater Brewing Co., Atlanta
$5.99/22-ounce bottle; also available on draft at some beer bars and restaurants.
Profile: The latest limited-edition Dank Tank creation from Sweetwater is a Belgian-style strong ale with a hefty dose of American hops, including Nugget, Centennial, Simcoe and Amarillo. At 9 percent alcohol by volume, it’s a big brew, with an aggressive IPA-like bitterness balanced by Marris Otter and pilsner malts. Belgian yeast brings a spicy, earthy character and a dry finish.
Pair with: Strong and hoppy, The Price Is Wrong is a good match for spicy Latin or Asian dishes, or try it with equally strong aged cheeses.