White Falcon gets its name from the style it is loosely modeled after and, like Lil Wheezy, the exclusive use of Falconers Flight hops. I say "loosely" modeled after, because the inspiration for this beer did derive from a true old world style known as Belgian Whites, but the brewers decided to sufficiently increase the hop usage, to make a hybrid style similar to ones being attempted by other breweries referred to as Belgian India White Ales*. White beers are an unfiltered style of wheat beer that originated in Belgium during the Middle Ages. The "White" refers to it's unfiltered nature and the cloudy whiteness of the beer as it appears in a glass. Uniquely different from other traditional wheat beers, like the Hefewiezens of Germany, White beers of Belgium generally incorporated the use of unmalted white wheat or other adjuncts like spices and Curacao orange peel. Traditional German wheat beers are made either entirely with malted white wheat or a combination of malted wheat and malted barley. Although quite popular upon it's initial creation, White beers decreased in popularity throughout the 1900's, until the all time low for this style occurred when the last white beer brewery, in Hoegaarden, Belgium closed its doors. However, by the 1960's the style saw a revival thanks to a man named Pierre Celis, who decided to start a new brewery that would feature a White beer, based on his familiarity with the style from working in an original White beer brewery in Hoegaarden as a young man. Celis even called his breweries White beer Hoegaarden, in honor of the town where this style was originally brewed. From there, White beers began to see some significant growth due to Celis's traditional Belgian version and a new "Belgo-American-style" called Blue Moon Belgian White, by MillerCoors. The brewers of this newer Belgo-American take on the White beer tended to use malted white wheat, opposed to the traditional dedication to unmalted wheat, because they could avoid the difficulties associated with using unmalted grain. Another popular introduction to the Belgo-American version of White beer, is serving it with a slice of lemon or orange, perhaps in an attempt to enhance some of the bright fruity characters of the beer imparted by the traditional Belgian yeast strain. Whether the true to style Belgium White or the more modernized Belgo-American White, both versions would incorporate the use of hops sparingly, to keep the overall bitterness low. Making our take on this style even more distinct and truly worthy of a new name distinction Belgium India White Ale or Belgium White IPA.
White Falcon gets its name from the style it is loosely modeled after and, like Lil Wheezy, the exclusive use of Falconers Flight hops. I say "loosely" modeled after, because the inspiration for this beer did derive from a true old world style known as Belgian Whites, but the brewers decided to sufficiently increase the hop usage to make a hybrid style similar to ones being attempted by other breweries, referred to as Belgian India White Ales.
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