Old Dominion’s – Limited Release – Cherry Blossom Lager

There is a great little wine shop/beer shop/beer bar in Downtown Crown, Gaithersburg, close to where I live. Every Friday or Saturday, they invite a brewery / distributor representative to take over their taps to give a beer tasting.  Several months ago, it was Old Dominion Brewery, relocated to Dover, Delaware.  They had 4 beers, two of which I quickly forgot.  I definitely wasn’t expecting to like this “Cherry Blossom Lager”.  The label is too attractive, and it seems too closely tied to our local Cherry Blossom Festival.  I was suspecting beer exploitation, where a crappy beer is linked to a holiday, such as Halloween, and made of squash or zucchini or pumpkin?!?!  But I really liked it!

Background

It is brewed with 300 lbs of Michigan Cherries.  The color is a deep red/hay color, slighly cloudy like any Belgian, and although it isn’t a Belgian beer, it has a great malt, cherry, estery (bannana’ish) taste. It is nicely light in taste, and the cherry taste isn’t cloying.

Rating: Beer Advocate gives it a 3.8 out of 5.0.

My Rating:  4.5 out of 5.0.

Alcohol By Volume: 5.2%

Availability: Rotating / Early Spring

People Who Like It: Licia, Maggie, myself, Maggie’s friends. We’ve bought every six pack we could find (12 and counting).

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