Drink this: Primitive Beer’s So Last Season

Michael J. Casey

Primitive Beer’s bottle-conditioned offerings are a thing of beauty, and So Last Season is no exception. It’s a 2-year-old, spontaneously fermented beer, refermented on an absurd amount of Montmorency cherries for six months — which dye the beer a deep magenta and tinge the head pink. The nose sparkles, and the mouth explodes with flavors of sweet cherry pie, chewy marzipan, and just enough farmhouse funk underneath to keep things interesting. And with plenty of tight carbonation and tart acidity, So Last Season is simultaneously rustic and refined. It’s only 5.6% ABV — the perfect amount for a couple of glasses paired alongside fruit tarts and banana fritters.