Welcome to PW's 50-Beer Countdown to Philly Beer Week! Every day from now through the Opening Tap ceremonies on May 31, we'll be getting in the mood by spotlighting a different great craft brew that's been poured by one or more Philly Beer Week participating venues.
Beers tend to get named for a reason. They’re named after family pets or ex-girlfriends or favorite albums or whatever. In the case of this beer, the name is purely descriptive. Hops and bitterness, you see, tend to wreck every other taste in your mouth the same way a super spicy dish destroys your taste for everything that comes after. So when California’s Green Flash, one of the rising stars of the craft beer scene, names its beer “Palate Wrecker,” sit up and take notice, because they are about to blitz your mouth with so much bitterness you’ll be thinking of your Ex and their Special New Someone. But – BUT! – there's more to it than just bitterness. It’s swimming in citrus like tangerine, mango and lemon. So, bitterness aside, this remains a sickly drinkable beer, even though every last beer after this will taste like water. And that’s the truth. Palate Wrecker is sometimes available at Race Street Café, The Belgian Café, Bottle Bar East and other venues that don’t care about your palate.
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