GSN Review: SuckerPunch Dill Pickle Sour Beer

SuckerPunch Dill Pickle Sour Beer was created by award-winning brewery DESTIHL Brewing, and SuckerPunch Gourmet, makers of bolder pickles done differently. Beginning this summer, the new beverage is available for beer and pickle lovers nationwide. The tart, citrusy flavors of a DESTIHL gose ale is combined with the unmistakable zesty, garlicky flavor of a SuckerPunch dill pickle to create a unique flavor experience. SuckerPunch Dill Pickle Sour Beer is available in a 4-pack of 12oz cans.

Specs At A Glance: Gose ale with SuckerPunch Pickle Brine, 5.2% ABV, IBU: 20. Best served in a Snifter, Tulip, or Oversized Wine Glass. Available year-round at major retailers including Total Wine & More, Binny’s, and more to be announced.

SuckerPunch Gourmet is the maker of pickles, Bloody Mary mix and pickle juice. SuckerPunch’s products are non-GMO, gluten-free, and vegan, with no artificial preservatives or allergens. Their pickles are crafted with a signature 11-spice blend without high fructose corn syrup. The brand was founded in 2011 and today, SuckerPunch’s pickle-centric line includes seven traditional and signature pickle jars, three pickle Snack Packs, two Bloody Mary mixes and pickle juice. SuckerPunch Gourmet products are available in 8,000 retail stores across the U.S., including select Whole Foods Markets, Albertsons, Safeway, Sprouts, Shop Rite, Meijer, Publix and more.

DESTIHL opened its gastrobrewpub™ (DESTIHL Restaurant & Brew Works) in Normal, Illinois, in November 2007, where the company focuses on both artisan food & beers. The company’s original production brewery in Bloomington, IL commenced operations in May 2013, but production was moved to its new 47,000sf Brewery & Beer Hall in Normal, IL, which opened to the public in May 2017.  DESTIHL Brewery combines centuries-old, global brewing traditions and new American craft brewing ingenuity & artisanship to produce a wide array of award-winning beers for every palate.  The result is a diverse offering of intensely flavorful beers that are anything but bland, including its DeadHead® IPA Series, Dosvidanya®, the industry-changing WiLD Sour Series, and many other core beer offerings, like Hawaii Five Ale. The brewery currently distributes its beers internationally and in 37 states, plus the D.C.

GSN’s Remarks: Put aside your preconceptions of what a beer could and should be. This is an entirely new animal. A very dill and vinegar forward beer, it is on one hand curious and on the other similar to a shandy. We weren’t expecting such a blast of dill pickle juice, and as such it was a definite sipper as opposed to a crushable beer. However, that being said, if you love pickles, this works quite well. We would have pulled back on the pickle juice somewhat, as it really dominates the final product. One other side effect (if we may be so bold) is that our burps had an intensely dill character. We tried this as a pickleback alongside a Jameson Black Barrel shot, and it works pretty well, but again the dill is quite strong. Overall, an interesting experiment that won’t work for everyone, but admirable all the same. GSN Rating: B

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