Among the newcomers to Iowa’s beer shelves is The Traveler Beer Company, which began distributing in the state earlier this year. Their shandy-inspired brews are perfect for sipping on sunny, spring afternoons, and Forbidden Traveler Apple Ale is a beer that you’ll want to pack inside a cooler to enjoy on a picnic, or while lounging with friends on a patio or porch.
Pour into a favorite pint glass. The color is a cloudy, dirty dishwater straw. A finger of eggshell-colored head will leave an even skim and ring around the edge. Sweet and fruity, the aroma is reminiscent of apple sauce and sparkling apple cider. It is tart, too, much like an apple-flavored Jolly Rancher. Lemon peel is also noticeable, and the combination of lemon and apple aromas makes the beer smell like watermelon.
Forbidden Traveler is a sweet and refreshing wheat ale brewed with real apples. Much like a shandy, it is full-bodied with a soft mouthfeel. Apple is not as dominant in the flavor as it is in the smell, but it is still present, again similar to apple candy. Flavors of lemon and wheat are prominent as well.
Serving temperature: 45ºF.
Alcohol content: 4.4 percent ABV.
Food pairings: Though the brewery did not have any specific food pairing recommendations, Randy Mosher’s trusty book, Tasting Beer: An Insider’s Guide to the World’s Greatest Drink, suggests pairing cheese and lighter food like salads and chicken with American wheat ales.
Where to buy: Forbidden Traveler Apple Ale is available at most major beer retailers.
Price: $8–9 for a six-pack of bottles.
This article was originally published in Little Village issue 176