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Area Two Experimental Brewing Master Brewer Phil Markowski Talks Area Two Kriek

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Area Two Experimental Brewing Master Brewer Phil Markowski Talks Area Two Kriek

We spoke with Area Two Experimental Brewing Master Brewer Phil Markowski about Area Two Kriek.

BC: What’s your favorite aspect of this beer (flavor, aroma, etc.)?
It just reeks of Montmorency cherries. This classic variety has a ton of complexity. I really enjoy the background marzipan notes from the fruit (and pits).

BC: Where does this beer’s name come from?
We stole it from the Flemish for cherry. People gotta know what they are drinking!

BC: Can you describe this beer in 10 words or less?
Nice balance of cherries, lactic and complex funk factor.

BC: Do you know a story – or have a personal story – that revolves around this beer?
I had my first authentic Kriek in the late 1980s and have been smitten ever since. It was from (the “original”) Oud Beersel, back when an older gentlemen named Henri Vandervelten was running the place. Alas, he is no longer with us, but boy, does his memory live on in my mind.

BC: What's a good food pairing for this beer?
Try it with cherry pie for a real palate trip!

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Brewer Photo Courtesy Miguel Rivas