In case you missed the news, Smartmouth Brewing Company recently brewed up a batch of Saturday Morning IPA - a marshmallow-flavored beer "designed to remind you of your childhood" and taste "magically ridiculous."
The Norfolk brewery announced and released the beer last week and the response was, indeed, "magically ridiculous." There was national press coverage of the brew and its release, a multiple-blocks-long line on release day and instant sellout, and some cans - full and empty - later showed on eBay at magically ridiculous prices.
Smartmouth posted on its social media accounts that it was overwhelmed and humbled by the stellar response - and will be rolling out the marshmallow beer to retail stores and restaurants throughout Virginia. Sadly, though, Richmond isn't on the distribution list at this time. The beer will hit the Hampton Roads area and Northern Virginia only, according to Smartmouth reps.
But wait! There's good news for Richmond Lucky Charms beer-lovers (or just the Lucky Charms beer-curious). Strangeways Brewing - the Henrico-based brewery - had its own version all along. It even reported to taste like Lucky Charms.
Strangeways' Lücky Charms Marshmallow Berliner Weisse (German for: um, hello?!?. Possibly.) was released in 2014, according to Neil Burton, owner and founder of Strangeways Brewing.
"The base beer for our Lücky Charms Berliner Weisse is our flagship Überlin Berliner Weisse. We released Überlin in June of 2014, and started serving it around this same time with two traditional and imported German syrups. Serving a Berliner Weisse with the exact same syrups we import is traditional in the Berlin area, and the two syrups that are the most common are raspberry and Woodruff. Woodruff syrup which is actually made with the flower Baby’s Breath, has the distinctive taste of marshmallows. It also is a vivid green color, so it imparts a green tinge to the beer when added. The Woodruff syrup paired with our Berliner Weisse, which is brewed much more flavorful than a traditional Berliner Weisse from Germany, tastes remarkably like the Lucky Charms cereal," Burton said.
Basically, they beers taste differently: Smartmouth’s is said to taste like marshmallows, Strangeways' "tastes like the actual cereal to give you that flavor and sense of nostalgia," Burton said.
Burton said the folks at Strangeways were a little surprised by the amount of publicity Smartmouth's Saturday Morning IPA received, "but not about anything else as the two beers are quite different."
But the best thing about Strangeways' Lücky Charms Marshmallow Berliner Weisse: you can drink it today - or any day. The beer is available on tap in Strangeways' Richmond and Fredericksburg tasting rooms - and you can get it by the pint, crowler, grunt or growler.
Now that's pretty magical.
Strangeways in at 2277A Dabney Road in Henrico. The tasting room is open Monday through Thursday, noon to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.