The White Sox and Orioles were scheduled to play the second of a four-game set on Friday, May 28. That contest eventually got rained out and rescheduled for the following day, but I was at the ballpark during the rain delay that preceded the cancelation. As usual, that scenario was prime for a Craft Kave visit. Rain delay beers hit differently.
My approach when selecting a beer in the Craft Kave is to go with something totally random. I looked at the menu for something lighter from a brewery I hadn't frequented. Marz Community Brewing Co. fit the script. The brewery is located about a mile and a half from Gate 5 of Guaranteed Rate Field. I have only heard great things about their beer and their food, so it's a place I needed to get to know.
This beer in particular was their Jungle Boogie. It is an American Wheat Ale that clocks in at 5.4% ABV with a 44 IBU rating.
The can was simple but eye-catching. It features Jungle scenery with mostly ferns and other greenery plus some exotic flowers. It is clear and gets to the point. The rain and humidity really helped set the tone for this beer. While the one I had was in canned form, the beer's color is a reddish-orange with a dense white creamy foam.
As the adage goes, "taste is king". The first element that cut through was the malt flavors. It had tropical mosaic and tea undertones. The tea was light not even remotely close to an Arnold Palmer, but the mix of herbs helped smooth out the beer. Upon sipping further, the more the hops showed up, but it was still on the smother side. That was the most impressive part of the beer, as it was smooth but packed a lot of flavors. If you like beer that's fruity but not too sweet, Jungle Boogie is perfect for you.
I definitely plan on hitting up Marz Community Brewing Co. at their location before a White Sox game in the future. If you're interested in additional Marz products, check out our reviews of some of their other beers and learn more about their entire selection.