|Play Date (5.4% ABV, 8 IBU).|
Image courtesy of Deep Ellum Brewing Co.
Described by the brewery as "juicy...with notes of sun-kissed fruit, lemon, citrus and melon," Play Date is an American sour ale brewed with Medjool dates. The fruit itself is highly regarded for its nutritional value, and in Middle Eastern culture the Medjool variety is known as the king of dates.
As for how the beer came together, brewer Barrett Tillman says, "We start with our iconic Dallas Blonde as the base and ferment it to dryness with Medjool dates; the earthy tea presence of the dates plays well with acidity to create an ale that is truly free-spirited and unique in character. Shy of puckering, the resulting tartness is our homage to an unforgettable first kiss."
According to a press release, Play Date will be available on draft and in 22-ounce bottles beginning December 8, with meet-and-greet launch events featuring Tillman scheduled to occur at the following locations:
Tuesday, December 8 at The Bottle Shop in Dallas, from 4-7 p.m.
Thursday, December 10 at The Bearded Monk in Denton, from 6-9 p.m.