Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Pine needles, peppers, eye of newt, etc..

This evening Sunshine and I tried a 2009 Allagash Fluxus. This beer stands out, for reasons other than it is a limited release from Allagash, for being brewed with sweet potatoes and black pepper. It got me thinking about other beers that have unique ingredients such as Rogue's Chipotle Ale & Juniper Ale, Sprecher's Mbege(bananas) & Shakparo (sorghum and millet), and The Bruery's Autumn Maple (which is brewed with 17 lbs of yams per barrel).

I am curious about what the attendance would be for a beer festival that featured beers that were made with unique ingredients such as the ones mentioned above. It would be for professional brewers and homebrewers alike. There would be a pre-festival judging to filter out the stuff that may be brewed with unique stuff, but possesses a taste that is not palatable. It would be great if the beers that passed the pre-fest judging found a new way to use everyday foods/things that we may take for granted. Say, acorns in a bock beer. It would be mighty nifty to have a bock beer (or a brown ale) that had the nuttiness of acorns.

I figure the beer fest could be called Beers from Beyond the Brink. Yeah, that name caters to the 'extreme' end of the beer spectrum but it does get your attention (especially if the banners for it had fire, skulls, or a cornucopia from which some demon emerged).

Anyway, it's just a thought but i think it would be a lot of fun and would be a fantastic opportunity to see how creative your neighbors could get.

UPDATE (3-28-2010): Found this article via It's focus is on the Twisted Pine Brewing Company and their plan release a beer that uses ghost chilies. The article also mentions two other beers from the Twisted Pine Brewing Company called “Poison Fish” (a beer laced with ginger, wasabi, horseradish and mustard) and Billy’s Chilies (a beer that uses anaheim, fresno, serrano, jalapeno and habanero peppers). I am curious if any of these beers are any good. Has anyone in Boulder tried any of these offerings from the Twisted Pine Brewing Company (or anything from them)?

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