McMenamins Beer (All Years) — photo 99 of 140: Ruby’s Sunshine was one of six samples in the beer flight I tried at the McMenamins Mill Creek Brewpub in the northern Seattle metro area suburb of Mill Creek, Washington. According to the brewer:
“The beer you’ve been enjoying for the last 30 years just got a little makeover! We’ve taken Ruby and turned it into a lager! For the last 40 days, this little gem has been fermenting away on German lager yeast, awaiting the sunshine to peek it’s little head out. This limited-edition Ruby release was made in exactly the same way, with exactly the same ingredients, the yeast being the only exception. Try Ruby and Ruby’s Sunshine side-by-side! We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.” Measurements: 4.1% ABV • 4 IBUMy notes from that day read: “Unfortunately, I was not pleasantly surprised. It tasted like a slightly-sour fruit punch with some weak beer poured in. Definitely not my style!” 1 August 2017. Camera used: Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 12-100mm f/4.0 zoom lens.
For further details about the story behind this photo, see the related article One Hundred McMenamins Beers and Counting.