Brett Favre, George Brett, Bret Michaels, Bret The Hitman Hart – all great Bretts of our era. But it’s time to make a toast to a new Brett on the scene: Mikkeller Brewing’s Brett IPA.
Enjoyed at their new Miramar tasting room on a sunny afternoon, this is a bright and crisp ale, very light mouthfeel, and huge citrus flavors. At a modest 5.9% ABV, it’s not going to punch you in the palate, it prefers to tingle your tongue, then linger longingly with a fruit basket of flavors in the aftertaste.
Brett is short for Brettanomyces, which is a strain of yeast commonly found on the skins of fruit. It’s been used since the early 1900s as a companion (or alternative) to fermenting beer, alongside the more commonly used strain of Saccharomyces. There are numerous sub-strains of Brett, each with it’s own flavor and aromatic profiles. I was told by the beer-tender that Brett Drei was used in this brew, giving is a nice medium carbonation level, and packing lots of stone fruit, pineapple, and lemon zest-like flavors. I’ve sampled through most of the 19 beers on the Mikkeller tap room menu, and this one has probably been my favorite. It’s complex and refreshing, and leaves you excited for the next sip.