The fruity, dry, crisp, pleasantly-sour kriek ale from Cascade Brewing knocks the socks off that Lindemans you’ve been drinking. It’s reddish-copper, and tastes pleasantly of cherries without being sweet. There are very few krieks made in the States, which makes it even more special. This one starts out as a Belgian Flanders-style red ale, then gets refermented with fresh whole Northwest cherries and aged six months in French oak wine barrels. It might be hard to find retail, but going to Cascade’s brewpub sounds fun: It serves meat loaf and has magic shows once a week.

Cascade Kriek, $15.99

See more articles