Sometimes, in the course of our hectic lives, it’s easy to forget — or not even notice — the little things that make living in Frederick County great. In that spirit, I launched, “What I Love in Frederick this Week”: the best food, drink, shows, shopping, and events coming to the city. If you love something in Frederick, let me know. Submissions can be emailed to email@example.com or tweeted to @kamamasters.
This week: Pride beer at Olde Mother Brewing Co.
If you’re a beer drinker, like me, you might remember what Olde Mother brewed for last year’s Frederick Pride — a watermelon sour with just enough funk and tartness to balance out the sweet summer fruit.
I loved that beer. Especially spiked with edible glitter, a Pride feature. But this year, the brewery is debuting a new special that might be even better. Dubbed the Gay Rosé (or the Aurora, if it’s served sans sparkles), the wine-inspired brew pairs hibiscus blossoms with Pinot Grigio must — a fancy word for grape juice before it’s fermented.
“It was a style we wanted to mess around with,” said Keith Marcoux, co-owner of Olde Mother, of the millennial-pink beers.
Head brewer Jake Beamer developed the final recipe, which infuses hibiscus and grape juice in a wheat-style beer that acts as a neutral backdrop for the fruity ingredients.
“Some brewers use Berliner weisse or a sour, but we really wanted the wine characteristics to come through,” Marcoux said. “And a lower pH beer lends itself well to showcasing that.”
Because Pinot Grigio is a white grape, most of the beer’s rosy hue comes from the hibiscus petals (which also add a note of bitterness, Marcoux added) The light color is important to fully showcase the edible glitter — added by the glass, not the keg — that gives the beer its intergalactic swirls of shimmer.
Olde Mother won’t have a booth on the creek this year, but you can order a Gay Rosé at the brewery’s taproom on North Market Street. Don’t forget the hashtag if you’re Instagramming your class. #FrederickPride, #GayRose and #roseallgay (my personal favorite) are just a few the business is featuring, Marcoux said.
And if you’re missing the watermelon sour, as I am, never fear. The brewery’s been busy renovating and expanding its canning operations, but Marcoux expects the beer to come on tap before the end of the year.
Find Olde Mother Brewing Co. at 526 N. Market St., Frederick