Saturday, November 15, 2008
Most of you probably know that I am usually more of a wine girl than a beer girl. That said, it's been more of a beer than a wine week for me (perhaps it's all of the strange weather?)
I've admired the bold, incomprehensible labels on the German smoke beers, but I've been too much of a chicken to try one. Smoke...in my beer? I just wasn't convinced it was a pairing that was meant to be.
That all changed the other night while in conversation with Chad and Kyle, who both raved about how the "smoke" comes off as bacon fat. BACON?! In my BEER!?! NOW WE'RE TALKING! I'm definitely a bacon girl. I like it for breakfast, on sandwiches and salads, in my CHOCOLATE (ask my about Vosges sometime!) Yeah....bacon makes everything better.
So I had to try it...and I've got to say, they were right on the mark. The malts come through with rich, maple-syrupy flavors. There's also some roasty-toasty coffee notes. And the bacon....blissfully delicious! The only thing missing was a toasted, buttered english muffin and a plate of eggs benedict.