Bartender at The Garage & Grace Tavern
Brewed in Quebec, Canada, Unibroue Éphémère Apple is a white ale made with Granny Smith apples, coriander, orange peel and other spices with “ale on lees”, which
means yeast added after the initial fermentation. It has been the favorite beer of long time Philly bartender Matt Summers since he first tried it several years ago.
“Éphémère Apple is my everyday go-to,” says Summers. “I buy it by the case and it’s been a permanent resident in my fridge for many years. I even have a reserved area for it. For me, it hits all the right notes. It’s so damn refreshing and sessionable, at 5.5% it maintains its essence even after more than a few. Yeast added after fermentation is what makes this beer so tart and complex. When I’m king of the world, every bar will be required to carry this beer.”
Unibroue, creator of La Fin du Monde, makes a variety of beers brewed in the “Belgian Tradition.” La Fin du Monde, a Belgian tripel, combines subtlety and strength with a chorus of fruit, spice and hop notes that make this highly effervescent “liquid gold” so distinctive. To date, La Fin du Monde has earned more medals and awards, including some of the world’s highest honors, than any other Canadian beer.
Summers says he feels Éphémère Apple is often overlooked. “It started as a spring seasonal and is not as high octane as the rest of their stable of beers, so I think Éphémère Apple kinda flies under the radar,” he says. “Now it’s made year-round – thank the gods!” Summers, who currently tends bar at The Garage and
Grace Tavern, says choosing Éphémère Apple as a beer that should be rediscoverd was easy. “I know all of my bartender friends, who have been serving it to me for years, will get a kick out of reading about me gushing over this beer, although they’ve already heard it a million times.”