This self-appointed “unconventional wit beer” is Smuttynose's third collaboration with a chef; in this case, it's Jamie Bissonnette, chef and co-owner of restaurants Coppa and Toro in Boston and New York. Instead of going with traditional witbier-brewing additions of orange peel and coriander, Bissonnette brought kaffir lime leaves, spruce tips and grapefruit zest to the brew day. The result is an interesting take on a classic, still exhibiting traditional wit aromas and flavors of banana and yeasty spice, but with interesting notes of fresh pine needle and lime rind throughout. Clean, crisp and effervescent, it finishes dry and with a slight floral edge.
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Buzzeo joined Wine Enthusiast Magazine
in 2006 as a tasting coordinator, and eventually became Tasting Director and Senior Editor, previously responsible for overseeing all aspects of the tasting and review program. Most recently, Buzzeo assumed the role of Managing Editor. Since coming to Wine Enthusiast
, she has made it one of her personal missions to promote the acceptance of cross-drinking, encouraging everyone to embrace finely crafted libations across all beverage categories. Buzzeo is also an avid homebrewer and a member of the AHA (American Homebrewers Association).