Similar to a Hefeweizen, these southern Germany wheat beers are brewed as darker versions (Dunkel means “dark”) with deliciously complex malts and a low balancing bitterness. Most are brown and hazy (from the yeast). Clove and fruity characters are usually present, with some even tasting like banana bread.
What is the difference between a microbrewery and a brewpub?
A microbrewery produces less than 15,000 barrels of beer each year, with 75% or more of its beer sold off-site. A brewpub is a restaurant-brewery that sells a quarter or more of its beer on site, primarily in the restaurant and bar. The beer is often dispensed directly from the brewery’s storage tanks and, where allowed by law, brewpubs often sell beer “to go” or distribute to off site accounts. Both microbreweries and brewpubs are markets within the craft beer industry.
Originally published in our Craft Beer Club's Micro Brew News, Thunderhead Brewing Company edition featured in 2013.