Welcome to The Midweek Drink. I hope you have all brought your presents for your loved ones: from expensive jewellery to a poorly-knitted wooly hat made by your nan who believes they are a ‘master’ when it comes to a ball of yarn and a pair of needles. But it’s really all about getting together on Christmas Day, am I right? Stuffing your face, watching that one family member make a fool of themselves as they over do it on the wine or beer, playing Christmas games and watching The Great Escape.
This contains only five ingredients: water, wheat, barley, yeast and hops and comes in a 500ml bottle.
A brief history on And Union
A father, son and long-time business partner dreamed of producing traditional beer; and with great determination it became a reality.
In 2007, And Union began to work with small breweries in the Bavarian region; the oldest being 500 years old to a much younger one only 90 years old.
With such great partnerships and skills, they were able to produce a great selections of lager, wheat beer and ale the old-fashioned way. And with these skills, they had managed to produce a non-alcoholic beer with - wait for it, you sporty bunch - isotonic properties.
Three senses and a beverage
For this drink, I had to use a tankard glass just to appreciate the colour, taste and aroma, properly. But before I go into describing the drink, the artwork on the bottle needs to be mentioned.
What it has on the front is a black & white photo of a man dressed in traditional Bavarian clothing, which I believe is called a Lederhosen? (Please correct me if I’m wrong), sitting on a rock and looking quite regal.
Right, let’s get back to the drink!
It has a cloudy orange colour, a frothy off-white head that dissipates quickly with a light body and a slight fizziness to it.
It has a light maltiness, with strong wheat and fruit notes, very crisp and not at all bitter. And for the aroma, again, the wheat is strong enough to detect.
If I had to describe this beer in one word and straight to the point, it would be the one that’s been printed on top of the bottle cap: YUM.