Beer – as so delightfully happens – is a truly versatile beverage. Any number of ingredients can be added during the brewing process, imparting a number of flavours into particular beers.
Obviously, the variety of malts, hops, fruits, and other such additions one can make to beer are practically endless.
One section of the brewing world of particular interest is the adding of seeds, spices and general flora-related products.
For those loyal followers who have been with me since Post #1, the addition of green peppercorns to the Dieu du Ciel Route des Espices will come as no surprise. This particular brewery are reknowned for making some truly outrageous. Point in case: An aniseed and nutmeg red ale, a cinnamon and clove wit beer, and a hemp beer.
Heading further down the American continent from the French-Canadian confines of Dieu du Ciel, you arrive at the Samuel Adams Brewery. Moreover you end up with a pot of the Samuel Adams Summer Ale in your hand. This particular beverage brings “Grain of Paradise” into the equation. A rare pepper from Africa first used in the 13th century, this particular seed adds a spicy character to the fruity/wheat beer that has been created. It’s a very-easy drinking summer beer – although it lacked the strong flavours I was hoping for!
Closer to home, you may have come across Baron’s Black Wattle in your beer drinking pursuits. In the search for ‘True Blue’ beer, the boys from Baron’s added native Black Wattle seed into their amber ale – a seed first discovered and eaten by Aborigines – and bringing hints of caramel and hazelnut to the mix. It’s certainly different to your run-of-the-mill amber ale, with the addition of the black wattle adding that something extra that attracts the attention of your tastebuds.
Rounding out the Australian entries is the Scribbly Gum Lager, a specialty offering from Malt Shovel Brewery (the brains behind the fantastic James Squires range). This odd brew contains not only smoked malt, but also the addition of Australian Pepperleaf, giving the beer a spicy and ‘bush’ taste.
Reading the addition of such ingredients on the label of a beer bottle can scare off your everyday lager drinker, but the very fact you are reding this means that you do not fall into that category.
So go, rejoice in the addition of weird and wonderful seeds and spices.