Soft Parade by Short’s Brewing Co.
Brewery: Short’s Brewing Co.
Beer Style: High Gravity Ale with fruit
Beer God’s Notes
Original Tasting Notes: I’m getting some berry in this but not overwhelming. It has some nice flavor but is also a little light. Still enjoyable, though.
This was pretty underwhelming for me. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but the berry flavor fell a little short and the beer itself didn’t have a lot of flavor.
It had great color, but that’s about where the greatness stopped. Just an underwhelming experience. I’m hoping that their other brews have a little bit more body to them. I’ll report back with my findings soon!
The name and story behind the name are pretty cool though, check that out below.
Soft Parade is a Fruit Rye Ale brewed with rye flakes and loaded with pureed strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. This rose-colored ale has aromas of ripe strawberries and grain. With flavors of fresh berries and rye, Soft Parade finishes dry and eminently drinkable.
Soft Parade was originally developed because Joe Short wanted to create a beer that incorporated a medley of berries, had a great color, and appealed to wine drinkers. The name Soft Parade stemmed from two moments in Joe Short’s life. First, because Joe worked as a brewer at the Traverse Brewing Company and The Doors album, The Soft Parade, played every day at the end of the brew shift. The second moment occurred when Joe was driving by himself, flipping through CD’s in his car, and came across The Soft Parade album again. At the time, The Soft Parade beer had not been named and it dawned on Joe that the medley of fruit infusing into the golden beer reminded him of a soft parade. That day the beer was named!