Beer of the Month: Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales Oro de Calabaza
The Oro de Calabaza, from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times / February 27, 2012)
It's unfiltered and pours cloudy yellow with a high, coarse head. The nose is yeasty in the Belgian manner. It's distinctly tart on the palate, almost citrusy, but the fruits that come to mind as the finish gradually softens are more likely to be cherries and bananas than lemons.
Altogether, it's almost more winey than beery. It's decidedly food-friendly, and you could use it like a crisp white wine. It would be particularly good with fried fish.
Price: $12 to $13.50 for a 22-ounce bottle
Where to find it: Beverage Warehouse in Los Angeles, (310) 306-2822, http://www.beveragewarehouse.com; Wally's Wine & Spirits in Los Angeles, (310) 475-0606, http://www.wallywine.com; Wade's Wines in Westlake Village, (818) 597-9463, http://www.wadeswines.com; Red Carpet Wine, 400 E. Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale, (800) 339-0609, http://www.redcarpetwine.com; Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, (949) 650-8463, http://www.hitimewine.net; Total Wine stores, http://www.totalwine.com; and Beverages and More stores, http://www.bevmo.com.