Beer Review – My Antonia
Style: American Double/Imperial Pilsner
Drink if you like: Lager with some balls, grass, bang for your buck, collaborative efforts, life in general
What better time to review a special collaboration beer by two of the world’s hottest and well-respected craft breweries, than Craft Beer Week. My Antonia, a continually-hopped Imperial Pilsner, spawned from the partnership between Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head (Delaware, US) and Leonardo DiVencenzo of Birra del Borgo (Borgorose, Italy) in 2008. A fantastic creation that displays the camaraderie and support among craft breweries around the world. In addition, this is the first Dogfish Head beer to be made available in the state of Arkansas.
My Antonia pours a hazy straw yellow in color with massive carbonation, which produces a magnificent, lingering head that recedes into a web of lace. Go easy while pouring this beer, as it doesn’t appreciate confinement. The aroma is very refreshing with notes of floral spiciness, fresh bread, and grassy hops. The taste of this beer is wonderful and multi-layered. It begins with a moderate amount of dry sweet-straw malt and notes of tropical fruit and citrus hops that are accentuated by pine hop bitterness and a touch of honey. This leads to a finish of grapefruit and pilsner malt to round out the satisfying experience. The mouthfeel is perfect for the style with a medium-light body and crispness provided by the carbonation. My Antonia disguises its 7.5% ABV and would make a great session beer, perfect for warmer months.
As we continue to enjoy Craft Beer Week here in Arkansas, it is exciting to take a look back over the past three or four years to see how much the craft beer scene in Arkansas has grown during that time. The continued love and support from our in-state beer enthusiasts ensures us many more years of progression and advancement in our craft beer market. Things are looking up.
LOVE CRAFT BEER. IT WILL LOVE YOU BACK.
We gave this beer 4 diamonds:
This beer will be gone soon as it is a limited release. Get yours today at the following Craft-Beer-loving locations:
The Vineyard – Fort Smith
Crossover Liquor – Fayetteville
Liquor Mart & Wine Shoppe – Fayetteville
The Bottle – Fayetteville
Liquor World – Fayetteville
Macadoodles – Springdale
O’Looney’s – Little Rock
Colonial Wines & Spirits – Little Rock
Flying Saucer – Little Rock
Westrock Spirits and Wines – Little Rock
Big Orange – Little Rock
Sullivant’s Liquor – Little Rock
Springhill Wine & Spirits – North Little Rock
Lake Liquor – Maumelle
Poinsett Package – Harrisburg
107 Liquor – Sherwood