Anyways, the nights are hovering around the 70-80 degree mark here in Cakalacky and that calls for something bright and refreshing but with a little more bite than an ice cold pilsner. Stout? Nah, too much. Porter? No, just too heavy. Wit? Hells yes! Thick but light, strong but mellow, and perfect to wash away the sorrows of our soccer teams first loss. Thus, I introduce you to August’s golden boot:
Big Boss Blanco Diablo Wit Ale
Product Details: Brewed in Raleigh, NC off of Capital Blvd. Established in 2006. 4.5% Alcohol.
Appearance: Golden like the hair of a blonde beer wench with enormous…personalities. The use of orange peel gives this brew a thick orange glow with a rich, foamy head.
Aroma: A fluorescent mixture of citrus, flowers, wheat, and the unmistakable scent of Belgian Wit Yeast.
Taste: Can I say Heavenly without sounding like a fairy? Either way, the Diablo Wit is a great mixture of Wit and White Ale stylings. It’s slightly thick thanks to the lack of filtering which creates a smooth, velvety brew full of summer flavors. The use of orange is obvious once you pop the cap, like pinching the skin of an orange as the peels oils burst into the air. There’s also a hint of coriander and spicy goodness that makes for a more robust Wit than your run-of-the-mill Hefeweizen.
Food Pairings: I enjoyed this brew solo-dolo after our crushing defeat, but if I were hungry for something other than victory I might choose to pair it with beer-braised bratwursts, mustard-bbq ribs, or something fried like calamari.
Price: This is a recent addition by Big Boss and seems to be in almost all of our local super markets for between $8 and $10. Not a bad price considering it’s brewed only miles down the road and your helping support one of Raleigh’s many fine breweries.
Overall: I’d have to conclude by exclaiming, and with many Wits under my belt, that Big Boss’ Blanco Diablo is one of the finest I’ve come by, second only to another of Raleigh’s homegrown wheats: Loneriders Shotgun Betty. Unlike Betty, however, Blanco Diablo is much more 3 Dimensional, with layer upon layer of flavor creating a dynamic and complex wit that’s a true pleasure to drink.
It’s been a cat’s age since I stopped by Horniblows, the bar attached to the Big Boss Brewery, but Blanco Diablo has helped put things back in perspective and Horniblows on the top of my bar list. Big Boss, which for some reason continues to get local discredit (who are these idiots and what’s their problem?), is still my #1 choice for Raleigh beer and continues to offer new and exciting seasonal brews for me and the rest of the Triangle to enjoy. PLUS, their packaging, by Durham based McKinney – whom I’d love to work for if any employees are reading, is the coolest thing I’ve seen on any local product and reason enough to collect each bottle and tumbler. Many Mahalos to Big Boss and their creative brewmasters. Enjoy!