It’s the tenth day of the beer-vent calendar and appropriately we selected Fullsteam Brewery’s First Frost for the snow day. (13% ABV to keep you warm and 0 IBU.) This is a not to be missed season and for the rare early December snow it seems very appropriate.
Persimmon (Diospyros Virginiana) — literally, “fruit of the gods.” Sweet and savory, with natural notes of cinnamon and apricot, the orange-globed persimmon fruit truly is heavenly. But it’s not until after the first frost that persimmon turns from astringent and bitter to a luscious fruit worthy of the gods.
Starting in late summer and extending through the fall, the forager network supplies Fullsteam with hundreds of pounds of native persimmons. This bountiful yield produces a complex, fruit-forward, award-winning winter ale. The beer’s notes of holiday spices come entirely from the native persimmon and the beer’s Belgian ale yeast.