Pouring a deep golden almost copper body underneath a fluffy white head, notes of freshly baked bread, cocoa powder, and moist forest moss stream into the nose. The medium-light body follow suit with an herbed biscuit character leading to milk chocolate. The beer finishes dry and clean, accented by a subtle spice, woody hop character.
Partnering with Whippany, NJ’s Indie Rock Outfit, Tura Lura, we came together in crafting a beer to match their band’s personality and pair with an evening of listening to them in concert. Tura Lura’s psychedelic vibes incorporate a pleasing blend of minor and diminished chords and voicings in an “easy to listen to” package. It’s the type of jams you’d want to put on during an early summer road trip along the coast or while lazing by the pool with friends. We immediately settled on a beer that would encapsulate the digestible nature of the band while giving a nod to the darker side of their sound. The obvious choice was a classic vienna lager; light, refreshing, and endlessly drinkable but with more character and a bit of darkness compared with the lighter helles and pilsner varieties German lager. We maintained the concept of simplicity in the recipe using a base of German Vienna malt, with a dose of pale wheat for foam stability and a dash of pale chocolate for color and added depth in the malt profile. Just enough Perle for bittering and a noble hop blend in the whirlpool balances an herbal, woody, and floral hop menagerie.