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Thirsty Thursday – Coronado Orange Avenue Wit

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The Orange Avenue Wit is a Belgian style wheat beer with barely a hint of sweet citrus. Hailing from Coronado, Calif., just off the shores of San Diego, the name comes from the city's main street, Orange Avenue, which used to be lined with orange trees.

The folks at Coronado took this fact into the brewing room with them when they added orange zest and orange blossom honey to the mix. With light Northern Brewer hops and a bit of coriander, they have created a light-bodied brew rife with citrus zing and a hint of earthy spice.

As a light-bodied wheat, it is very flexible when pairing with foods. Looking at pizza, the lighter fare often offered by the ever-changing Family Farms pizza will be on your list. Wheat beers also go well with light fresh cheeses, such as goat cheese, found on the menu-favorite Cherry Walnut Salad.

The beer won gold in Experimental Beer at the 2012 World Beer Championships. Over the last year, Coronado has been rolling out their beers across the Midwest following wins at the World Beer Cup.