Before hops were widely used as a preservative in beer, lemon, limes, and other citrus fruits were kept in jar of God’s drink to ward off infectious bacteria and mold from taking over the drink when it sat for a few days. Later, when the early Brits adopted the beverage, they held onto the use of citrus flavors during the brewing process or, if they were lucky enough to get their hands on fresh fruits, as an accent to the beverage once it’s brewed and ready for drinking.
Drinking a lemon or lime wedge with that
old clear bottled beer from south of the border has been widely speculated over. The marketing team at the company has remained quiet on the subject, neglecting to solve the mystery. Does the lime wedge keep the flies away? Clear rust from bottles topped with old bottle caps? Some speculate that the dash of citrus helps invert the chemical changes the drink undergoes from the sunlight interacting with the beverage through its clear bottle.
Maybe least likely but most intriguing as far as storytelling goes, one tale says that the tradition started on a bet between two bartenders, who were curious as to whether lemon and lime wedges would float or sink in the bottle. The end result of this wager is unknown. I suppose we’ll have to try for ourselves.
Our Beers Don’t Need the Addition of Citrus, But If You’ve Just Got to Try It…
While our brews are premium brews, carefully crafted with the expectation that you’ll need to add anything to the brink once you’ve cracked the bottle topper, we understand the fun, summer-like aesthetics to the addition of a circular slice of orange to your pint glass or tossing a lime wedge into your bottle. If you’re wondering what Mendocino Brewing Company beers to play with we suggest:
- Lake Shore Hefeweizen is our newest addition to the Mendocino Brewing Company line. A traditional German Hefeweizen-inspired by Californian’s Lake Mendocino, this brew has those subtle notes of clove and banana that comes with age-old yeasts. If you’re looking for a beer to pour in a pint with a full-circle orange slice, this is it.
- Butte Creek India Pale Ale is a great beer to pair with a
lemon wedge, or if you’d like to get real fancy, a sprig of lemon verbena.
- Kingfisher Premium Lager is the best choice for those who like their citrus wedge to complement a hint of a skunky aroma to their beer. This refreshing pair is perfect with a meal of spicy tacos or even spicier chicken jalfrezi over rice.
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