Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Paso Robles, California
This California independent was a pioneered of large-scale craft beer oak aging with its flagship Double Barrel Ale. Solace is a summer seasonal, pouring a solid, hazy orange with an amply supply of white foam. Fruity and wheaty in the aroma, there is pineapple, banana, bready yeast, and a slight spice note that, if pushed further, would suggest Bavarian hefeweizen. Palate starts full and sweet, but ends with a tartness that makes the overall experience very refreshing. A 6% ABV unfiltered American wheat beer with several nods towards its fluffy, full-flavored German counterpart. The good splotch of yeast at the bottom clinches it.