And Lo it came to pass that, two and a half weeks after Thanksgiving, Hashigo Zake Cult Beer Bar offered an opportunity to compare two squash based beers from Japan and the United States respectively.
We tried both. As Malice would say, “It would be rude not to”.
Baird Country Girl Kabocha* Ale (5.8% ABV)
Gentle waves of foam
Is there a little Dolly
In there? All Hallows’
* Kabocha are familiar to New Zealanders as those green skinned pumpkins your parents used to buy on the side of the road.
Food match: cheese and bacon bread, porchetta, aged cheddar
It’s the kind of beer you drink when: You need another vegetable to add to your food diary.
Rogue Pumpkin Patch Ale (5.6% ABV)
More potato sack
Than pumpkin patch – brown sugar
A touch of cinnamon
Food match: Pancakes, cheesecake,
It’s the kind of beer you drink when: you need dessert in a glass
n. pl. haiku also hai·kus
1. A Japanese lyric verse form having three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables, traditionally invoking an aspect of nature or the seasons.
2. A poem written in this form.