PW's Year of Beer: Clown Shoes Clementine

By Eric San Juan
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We love beer. That's why we're devoting an entire year to discovering (and drinking) cold ones from near and far. Know of a beer worth shouting out? Send us a note at tips@philadelphiaweekly.com.

The witbier almost died. When Pierre Celis brewed the first Hoegaarden in 1966, he was brewing a style of beer that hadn’t been made anywhere in the world for 10 years and was on the verge of being forgotten altogether. Fast forward to now and the witbier is a wildly popular style made by just about every craft brewer, including folks like the edgy gang at Clown Shoes. This effervescent brew has loads of sweet Clementine and orange peel, along with coriander, just like a traditional wit should, but it also has a nice dose of hops to give it a slightly American edge. Lots of orange and lemon in the nose and flavor bring out pleasant sweetness, while rich spice and bitter hops ensure the sweetness doesn’t dominate. Great beer for spring and summer. With a warm spell about to hit the city, now is a great time to try it at Eulogy .
 

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