Fenugreek Belgian Special

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    Kasuri Methi is the Indian name for dried fenugreek.  I spiced a Belgian-style beer I call Fenugreek Belgian Special.
    Fenugreek is used in all sorts of Indian and Pakistan dishes used either in the seed form, or the dried leaves.  I really like the aroma of the dried fenugreek leaves as they smell sweet and remind me of celery, fennel and sweet onion.  Don’t worry this weird description actually tastes awesome and is more dessert-like (like putting vegetables in a cookie….gross!  until you have a gingersnap or carrot cake, am I right?).
    To give you some more info on fenugreek:
  • 80% of the world’s output is from India
  • Some Ethiopians use it as a cure for diabetes
  • Some Yemenite Jews eat this daily and ceremoniously on the 1st/2nd night of Rosh Hashana
  • the seeds are thought to increase the milk production in lactating women
  • the seeds are rich in Galactomannans
  • universal spice for many foods
    Some food uses for Fenugreek (besides beer flavoring):
  • Potatoes
  • Chicken, lamb, seafood
  • Lentils, beans
  • Curries
  • Mussels
  • Cabbage
  • Alu Gobi
  • Soups
    Come give the FBS a try, on the Haunted Beer Series taphandle.
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  • Saison du Yak

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    Ask a Belgian beer lover what the quintessential Saison is and they’d most likely say Saison Dupont (original named Saison Vielle Provision).  Brasserie Dupont has only been around since 1950, although this farmhouse style of beer has been around for hundreds of years before.   A saison-farmhouse-style beer can be almost anything but most people have agreed upon some standards.   Color can be light to amber to dark but most saisons are very light in color.  The flavor is always estery and phenolic (spicy, not medicinal) and the body always finishes dry and never sweet.  The beer is usually highly carbonated and preferred to be bottle conditioned although in America where we emulate the style, this isn’t the case.

    beer100705_560In Colorado, Funkwerks has brought home a gold & silver medals from the GABF for their Saison-style ale.  Avery also wslovenia mapon a gold for their Liopard Oir Farmhouse Saison at the GABF last year.   Other Colorado breweries that have GABF medals for Saison: Backcountry, Aspen and Great Divide.   There might be others that I’ve missed but the point is a great saison can be made here in Colorado.

    The Yak & Yeti – Saison du Yak is smaller and more sessionable than a traditional 6-7.5% saison (usually referred to as a Saison Grisette) and was designed to be refreshing for the summer months and comes in at 5.3% ABV and 21 ibus.   All the flavor and aroma hops are Styrian Goldings Bobek, which are grown in Solvenia.  (most traditional Belgian hops are grown in Germany, Czech or Solvenia but many are starting to use American-grown hops for their hoppy Belgian Pale Ales)

    Unlike most of our Belgian-style taps that we serve responsibly in 10-oz glassware, we are choosing to sell this in full 16-oz pours.  Ahh, so refreshing!

    On tap this summer at the Brewpub and select locations around the Denver Metro.

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    Wheat Wednesdays 2014

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    For the fourth straight year we are announcing the schedule for the Wheat Wednesdays.  If you don’t know what this is…each Wednesday at 4PM we release a special keg of flavored beer.  Never artificial, always fresh fruits and real spices.   Excessively awesome! (usually about a lb of fruit per GALLON, not per bbl, like most brewers will announce.   But, if you’d rather have something for comparison,…31 lbs of strawberries per barrel, is freaking lot of strawberries!)
    1. June 25th – Strawberry
    2. July 2nd – Cherry
    3. July 9th – Clove
    4. July 16th – Blueberry
    5. July 23rd – Ginger
    6. July 30th – Cantaloupe
    7. Aug 6th – Raspberry
    8. Aug 13th – Roasted Peppers
    9. Aug 20th – TBA

    Hope to see you at the next release.
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    Two Ponds Honey Blonde Release

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    Sort of forgot to pre-announce this beer’s arrival as it was already released on Friday, June 20th, 2014.

    Two Ponds Honey Blonde is a lower alcohol summer beer that is quite refreshing if you enjoy clover honey.  The clover comes through very strong as the beer doesn’t have much to hide.  4.6%ABV and 22 ibus and very light in color.

    So if you are sitting the porch of the Yak & Yeti in the heat, grab a Two Ponds and enjoy!

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