For this installment of Brew for Thought I want to present what has become a Wisconsin staple in the past few years around spring and summer. Furthermore’s Fatty Boombalatty, a great take on a Belgian white that’s as fun to drink as to say. I’ve been on a big Belgian kick lately, trying different Abbey ales, Trappist dubbels and tripels, but have been searching for a witbier that I could see myself coming back to time and time again. Fatty Boombalatty is that beer. It pours a luminous hazy orange as if a lightbulb just went off in your head, telling you this is a good idea. An off-white head tops it off and smells of everything you want in a white: coriander, banana esters, and a hint of orange citrus. The taste doesn’t disappoint with a ramped up grain bill that tails back the wheat to leave this beer “rough around the edges” (Furthermore).
This is the perfect step up from those occasional beer drinkers, who love Blue Moon, but are ready for something a little more bold. There’s something just right about a Belgian white on the first day of Spring and those hot summer days when all you want to do is sit on the terrace and cool off with a cold brew. And there’s something that Fatty Boombalatty in particular taps into with its pop-art label that makes you nostalgic for something you never knew you missed.
Give Fatty Boombalatty a try the next time you pass it on the shelves of your favorite beer shop and you’ll be sure to go back for more. Or should I say, Furthermore.
Best Enjoyed: Cold, in a tall glass (without the fruit), and as always among friends.
Food Pairing: Grilled chicken with a light cream sauce and parsley, couscous with carrot juice and green beans with a twist of lemon.
Where to find it: Wisconsin, Minnesota and Pennsylvania.