But as a beer aficionado, Nathan Hoeft was reluctant to just dump the fruity drink mix into some random beer and call it a day.
“Trying to keep that Kool-Aid flavor in a beer is not really that easy,” says Nathan Hoeft, 42.
But two years ago, he finally stumbled across the perfect beer to add a little Kool-Aid twist to — the Berliner Weisse, a traditional German sour beer that’s typically served with Woodruff or raspberry syrup for extra sweetness. Thus, the “Burlington Weiss” was born at First Street Brewing (Burlington is the name of Hastings’ main north-south street).
If you order a Burlington Weiss today, the bartender will pour you a light, reddish-gold beer with a foamy head, then squirt a little Kool-Aid syrup on top. And it’s delicious.