Parish Brewing - SIPS Mango, Blood Orange
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Now that we are starting to see light at the end of the quarantine tunnel, maybe, it’s time to start thinking about summer. What goes better with a hot afternoon than an ice-cold beer? If you didn’t get a chance to take advantage of Parish Brewing’s curbside pick-up the last few months, let me enlighten you. Parish Brewing has been developing light, fruit-soaked, Berliner style brews, called SIPs, for a few years now and they are the answer to your hot weather prayers.
With flavors like Pinot Noir Black Currant or Parish Sunrise which is a fruity blend of mango, peach, and blood orange, it’s no mystery why they are taking off.
Andrew Godley, Founder and President of Parish Brewing explains the process. “The base beer is the same, a slightly tart, low-ABV beer with no hops, and we add a literal ton of real fruit to every tank. So the product is a fruit cocktail and more fruity than any traditional fruit beer.”
Interestingly enough, the name SIPs actually comes from black market beer exchange. Godley explains that since selling alcohol on Facebook or other online outlets are illegal, there is a trading system that doesn’t use actual money.
“SIPS stands for Send In Payments, which is a code word that black market traders use instead of dollars when discussing the sale or trade of a beer online,” he explains. “When we first started making these beers they were being traded like crazy on the black market so we chose to use the SIPS name as a fun nod to those black market beer traders.”
The line of fruity brews are a great gateway beer for non-beer drinkers or those just looking for something light and refreshing for the warm months. Parish started the concept and only served SIPs in their taproom on draft over two years ago and just launched the bottles into stores in March. Right before the pandemic, draft options were starting to appear in local bars and restaurants as well.
What sort of flavor combinations can you look for? Godley says consumers really seem to like the grape + fruit combo.
“We were just trying new products and our cellar team wanted to try a grape blend as we had already run the gamut of traditional fruits used like raspberry, strawberry, peach, etc.”
You can expect to find pairings such as:
Strawberry + Cabernet Franc (my personal fav)
Pinot Noir + Black Currant
Grenache + Raspberry
Malbec + Blackberry
Zinfandel + Cherry
Plus the daiquiri shop-inspired Orange Octane.
While these blends may sound sugary and overly sweet, most range from slightly tart to only a hint of sweet, a fizzy, well-balanced flavor.
To continue the daiquiri nod, Parish has started experimenting with frozen SIPs. That’s right, they are offering essentially an ICEE with alcohol.
“Our machine is one-of-a-kind in that it keeps the beer carbonated and under pressure, not like a daiquiri which is at regular atmospheric pressure and flat,” says Godley. “The result of our process is a fluffy beverage that pours exactly like an ICEE.”
They currently have the Pinot Noir and Black Currant on the frozen machine as well as Orange Octane. Parish is only one of a few brewers offering frozen beer.
Parish Brewing’s Taproom is currently closed but beer is available for online purchase and curbside pickup.
For more information visit: parishbeer.com.