Everyone knows that we can eat nuts by ourselves or in recipes for thousands of snacks or meals. Grocery stores also stock nut milk and nut oils. I found out recently that we can also find nuts in beer. They also brew beer with the flavors of actual nuts. Some are earthy and roasted and others can taste brown-sugar sweet.
Mississippi’s first and only packaging brewery, Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co. brews Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan. Its color is a mahogany brown ale, and they brew it with whole pecans. So it spotlights the nut’s earthiness in the aroma, while you also taste sugar-coated, candied, pecan flavors.
Most peanut-flavored beers use peanut butter powder in their recipe. However, the Colorado brewer of Pateros Creek Rattlesnake Jack makes it a little differently. It brews it with actual dry-roasted unsalted peanuts, chipotles, and blackberries. According to experts at DraftMag.com, it’s like sipping a “spicy PB&J sandwich. They say jammy blackberry sweetness up front, dusty peanut shell at the center, and a chipotle heat that crests before dissipating on the swallow.”
Forbidden Root Restaurant & Brewery in Chicago, on the other hand, brews “botanic beers” with different flavors. They make them with roots, herbs, bark, honey, and different nuts as well. Their Forbidden Root Shady Character is comprised of roasted chestnuts and black walnuts. A sweeter beer – they spice it with lend, black licorice, star anise, and peppercorns.
Perennial Artisan Ales in St. Louis, MO also brews with black walnuts to make its Black Walnut Dunkel. This brewery selected a dunkelweizen (a dark southern German wheat beer) as the base beer to recreate tasty banana bread with walnut flavors. The flavors were created by both the yeast and ten pounds of crushed black walnuts per barrel. Then steeped in a mesh bag during secondary fermentation.
It seems there is no limit to breweries using nuts (or other unique flavors) in beers. I hope the next time you stop by at your favorite craft brewery, you will find one of these reportedly delicious beers and let us know how it was!
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