Southside Blonde is considered one of Perennial’s flagship beers, and is only available at the St. Louis Brewery, therefore it was treat to get a keg brought into CoMO for the tasting.
- Appearance – A crystal clear pale yellow
- Nose- Grainy Wheat and floral
- Taste – Crisp mouthfeel with lemony hints
- Alcohol Content – 5.5%
- Food Pairing – House made Brioche, Tarragon Whole Grain Mustard, Camembert Cheese, Soft Egg, Blond Ale Bechamel, House Cured, Smoked and Peppered Berkshire Bacon.
Did it work?- Absolutely. The food was excellent (one of many 44 Stone should have on the menu) and the dry finish countered well the mustard and peppery-ness of the bacon. This was a very good setup beer – light and refreshing, that didn't overpower the delicate eggs and work well to cleanse the palette leading into the next course.
Overall, a very passable Blonde that would go well with any hot summer day or a Sunday Bruch (which this course seemed like).
For me- 3 out of 5 but could be a solid 4 for a fan of the style.