Catawba Brewing in Morganton, NC
Catawba Brewing in Morganton, NC

Catawba Brewing White Zombie White Ale | Morganton, NC
N ow that I live in the rarified air of Columbia County I can appreciate that they don’t let our schools out so that the kids can chase down candy during the St. Patty’s Day parade in downtown Augusta. No, we are more refined than that. Oh, heck. I can’t keep a straight face.
A Green Zombie
A Green Zombie
In past years I’ve wandered around downtown trying to either the best green beer or Irish brew. This year I decided to skip it in favor of getting the other green in shape… cutting my grass. With this pollen I was wearing more yellow than green. After cleaning myself off and dropping by the Wine World tasting I decided not to buy Irish brews this year. Green beer it is. One problem. I couldn’t find any green food coloring. It was off to Publix.
Thirty minutes later, while making dinner for Mrs. Dan and Mr. Ben I added a drop or 2 of green dye and poured in a White Zombie. This is Catawba Brewing’s flagship brew. We visited 2 weeks ago for the Peanut Butter Jelly Time release party. Since you can’t get it here in the Augusta area I stocked up with this and some other brews I’ll be reviewing soon.
This is really a nice and refreshing beer. Kinda reminds me of that crazy commercial the coffee growers released years ago. “Coffee: the drink that picks you up and calms you down.” What? How can a drink pick you up and calm you down? They didn’t run the commercial for very long. This beer is refreshing but also great for just sipping.
I find White Zombie to be refreshing and want to quaff it down after mowing the grass. But I also like to just sit back and sip it watching the sun set through the clouds of pollen. Or chomping on some pizza… which I gave up for Lent so I have to wait a few more days before I can do that.
The can says “Although named as a Halloween seasonal brew, Zombie’s refreshing taste makes it a year round staple. It is brewed in the Belgian Witbier tradition of using unmalted wheat to create the light body and white sheen. Additions of coriander and orange peel give Zombie a fruity and spicy character, while the hops are subtle and lightly detected. Don’t be scared to blow the head off a Zombie and drink up!”
After adding the green food coloring I would not dare blow the head off. I would be cleaning up a mess.
What better way to show the green than using a lighter color brew. A Green Zombie. Unfortunately it looked more like a kids’ drink but what the heck. It’s St. Patty’s Day. I didn’t want to add more green color to make it darker. It might have been like that Romulan Ale I had at the Star Trek Experience years ago. You’ll notice it a couple of days later when Mother Nature calls.
White Zombie is lighter in color but not in taste. I saved a bit to pour without the coloring. Nice light amber. Definitely an unfiltered brew. I can’t say I’ve been a big fan of un-malted brews because they usually take a hint of sourness to me. This is a light beer that uses that coriander and orange peel… especially the orange peel, to create an appealing taste. The ending is gradual with the hops making an appearance. It doesn’t jump from one flavor profile to another like a slap in the face.
I enjoyed my Green Zombie with the potato chip-encrusted baked chicken I made. (Mrs. Dan provided the recipe).
I’m kind of disappointed I split the six pack we bought with Mark. It would have been more for me. I’m glad this isn’t a seasonal brew. Just wish I didn’t have to drive a bit to find it.
Stay tuned. We visited the brewery and I’ll be posting a story about Catawba Brewing. I have a funny feeling those guys were making Green Zombies at their 3 tasting rooms tonight as well. Cheers.
Brewery: Catawba Brewing


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