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HOW TO PAIR BEER WITH EVERYTHING: OneHitter Series: CitruSinensis by Lagunitas Brewing Company

HOW TO PAIR BEER WITH EVERYTHING: OneHitter Series: CitruSinensis by Lagunitas Brewing Company
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Beer: OneHitter Series: CitruSinensis

Brewer: Lagunitas Brewing Company

Style: American Pale Ale

ABV: 7.90%

Description: CitruSinensis pours a beautiful deep golden amber with a frothy bright white head that leaves a thin lacing on the glass. The aroma is filled with delightful citrus fruit notes that are dominated by blood orange and have subtle hints of semi-sweet malt present in the background. The taste follows the nose but packs a ton of hop notes in the form of tropical and citrus fruits, with a lot of blood orange present throughout. The malts are semi-sweet and offer a wonderful balance to the strong hop presence. The beer presents itself almost as an IPA mimosa and is refreshing, yet still complex and highly drinkable with no appearance of the 7.9 percent ABV.

This is an absolute must-try beer for all fans of craft beer. Unfortunately, this is part of the OneHitter Series and when it’s gone, it’s gone, so be sure to grab some while you can before you miss out on a truly phenomenal beer!

Ideal setting: The strong citrus notes from the blood orange combined with the wonderfully balanced hop punch make this an absolutely perfect beer to enjoy during a late morning brunch. Sitting outside, surrounded by good friends and good food, and sipping a beer of this quality is the right start to any day.

Ideal music: There are few things more soothing than sitting outside listening to some great music with a delicious beer in hand. This is most definitely a beer that will elevate that experience and create the most relaxing afternoon when enjoyed with some relaxing indie music.

Some great albums to enjoy with CitruSinensis are:

  • Tristeza – “Dream Signals in Full Circles”
  • The Tallest Man on Earth – “The Wild Hunt”
  • Zero 7 – “When It Falls”
  • Super Furry Animals – “Phantom Power”
  • Iron & Wine – “Our Endless Numbered Days”

Ideal movie: A great movie can transport you to another place; so can a great beer. Combining this delicious beer with a film that is searching for a deeper meaning to life will make a truly transcendent experience.

Some great movies to watch with CitruSinensis are:

  • “Chef”
  • “The Motorcycle Diaries”
  • “Amélie”
  • “Big Fish”
  • “Stalker”

Ideal book: Unfortunately in life, very few of us find the time to read as much as we should, but when you have a delicious beer in hand, time magically slows down and offers a great opportunity to open up to a good story. Books that offer a deeper insight into life without being “self-help” books will make a not-soon-forgotten afternoon when enjoyed with a beer this good.

Some great books with CitruSinensis are:

  • “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values” by Robert M. Pirsig
  • “Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom
  • “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd
  • “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho
  • “Siddhartha” by Hermann Hesse

The perfect experience: Good beer and good food has long been a winning combination, but two good things don’t always make a great thing. However, enjoying a Sunday brunch with friends with light music playing the background while enjoying CitruSinensis will truly make a great thing!

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