Founders Brewing Co has a rich history of offering fruit beers like Rübaeus and Blushing Monk. Enthusiasts of the beer style are always quick to search out the brewery’s latest release – Cerise. Originally released as part of the 2019 Mothership Series, Founders released a fresh batch last month. As a Michigan-only release, you can find Cerise across their distribution footprint in a six-pack of twelve-ounce cans or by visiting either of their taprooms in Detroit or Grand Rapids to find it on draft (better, right?).
Cerise is the latest addition to Founder’s Brewing Co’s “Brewed for MI Series.” This series aims to raise awareness via The Big Pitcher which is the brewery’s own giving platform, which supports causes like Arts & Culture, Environmental Issues, and Social Justice. The Big Pitcher strives to uplift Michigan-based organizations and their work.
The specific intentions for Cerise are to “raise awareness for Fair and Equal Michigan, a growing coalition of grassroots citizens, LGBTQ groups, business, political and philanthropic leaders that have joined together to help prohibit discrimination against the LGBTQ community.”
As it rings of the tart cherry juice that so many enjoy, Cerise carries distinct Michigan tart cherry highlights throughout. From the slightest haze in the ruby color, the tinge of pink in the quickly diminishing head, and the light hints of both cherry tartness and sweetness in the nose, there is little doubt of the artistry involved. As within an orchestra, the synchronized ingredients of this beer have been tuned to perform the elegant harmony of this masterpiece.
For those brewers who have worked with cherries previously, they can be a tricky element to utilize in brewing. Without a watchful eye and balanced approach, this iconic Michigan fruit can turn any fermented beverage into an excessively soured, tart, and overly dry beverage.
In Founders’s own description, they shared that fresh Michigan Tart cherries were an addition to fermentation at five distinct stages to attain a magnificent balance between the opposing facets of tart to sweet. As to avoid being overtaken by the fruits, the malt profile of this beer provides a pleasant yet sturdy foundation that both accentuates and complements the fruit throughout the light body of this ale. When you are drinking Cerise, you may be tempted to hurry to the next sip. One should take a moment to enjoy the faint sweetness of the cherries as it draws down towards a slightly dry, tart finish.
As you enjoy Cerise, remember that your purchase is supporting many facets of Michigan’s economy. Each time you raise your glass, you have the opportunity to support fellow Michiganders throughout our great Michigan beer-conomy, including the local cherry farms that produced the fruit to the Michigan non-profits receiving support that work for justice and equal protection.
Disclaimer: Weasel purchased this beer for the review.