Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Sweet Baby Jesus Flavored Beer

Here in the South, we love our Beer (with the requisite upper case B). Ok, not me, but most of the guys I know stock in Beer for such special occasions as The Fourth of July, Sunday Football and ... Sunrise.  Beer plays a large part in all our celebrations and relaxing.  And, for the most part, it's specifically a Non-Light Beer (also with the requisite upper case letters.)

Beer is an alcoholic beverage produced by the saccharification of starch and fermentation of the resulting sugar. The starch and saccharification enzymes are often derived from malted cereal grains, most commonly malted barley and malted wheat. Most beer is also flavored with hops, which add bitterness and act as a natural preservative, though other flavorings such as herbs or fruit may occasionally be included.

Now, the reason I went to all the trouble to copy and paste that whole thing up there is that this last weekend. someone sent me a link to the beer above.  It's "Sweet Baby Jesus Chocolate and Peanut Butter Flavored Porter" made by DuClaw Brewing of Maryland. (English porter is a dark style of beer originating in London in the 18th century, descended from brown beer, a well hopped beer made from brown malt.) Let me repeat, in case you glossed over that part in search of my clever digressions...Sweet Baby Jesus CHOCOLATE and PEANUT BUTTER Flavored Beer!  I know what you're thinking - namely: " WTF, Marv? Are you serious?" And the answer is, YES. (All Capitals, too!)

For a couple of days, I've asked my Southern Friends, neighbors, acquaintances and total strangers on the street what would cause them to try a Chocolate and Peanut Butter flavored beer.  The responses varied, from stares of incredulity to loud laughter to sounds of heavy retching. Most agree, Beer should be beer flavored. No orange zest, or flowers or - most assuredly - candy flavoring!  (Though one young person did smile and remark: "Reeses makes a beer?")

Duclaw Brewing is in Maryland, which, because it is SOUTH of the Mason Dixon Line, makes it part of The South. I'm not sure what to make of that, and only guess that some one from the north suggested this beer.  Regardless, I have to admit, I suppose someday I will have to try it.  Until then, I will stick to my diet soda and unoaked chard.  No, I don't drink Unoaked Chard, mainly because I have no idea what it is (or how to capitalize it.) Brother Bubba used the phrase once and I liked it so I kept it.

But something tells me that I would like unoaked chard a bit more than Chocolate and Peanut Butter flavored Beer, let alone regular Non-Light Beer. But such is My Life here in the South (requisite capitals cuz I know it'll drive Bubba crazy!)

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