Beer Motivation - 07/24/2020
One of my favorite parts about brewing is creating new beers with new flavors. While I love a good 'normal' beer as much as anyone, and we certainly make our share of those, we also like to go off the rails and come up with unique flavors. We get asked a lot where we come up with the ideas for our beers and the answer is everywhere.
If you know BMB you know Raspberry Jalapeno. That idea came from a Tastefully Simple Raspberry Jalapeno Jam. I still remember all of the guys who help me thinking I was frickin nuts for trying it...until they all tasted it. The beer has come a long way since the first batch and every batch gets a little better. In this case the sweet heat combo has also led us to make a mango habanero and a watermelon habanero....we also have a couple ideas on the list, so stay tuned for those.
Other times we will set out to make a series of beers and we find motivation from a global idea. Our fruited dessert sours are a good example of this. We started researching different dessert ideas and then deconstructed them and put the ingredients in to beer. Some examples of this are the Blackberry Cobbler, Peach Cobbler and the latest release Pineapple Upsidedown Cake (pictured). Finding the perfect blend of ingredients makes brewing challenging and fun.
We also tend to find ingredients and then back in to the beer style. We buy all of our coffee online from Christopher Bean coffee. With all of their different flavors of coffee we will buy a few differnt ones and make a beer that we think will fit the coffee flavors. Along those lines, when I go grocery shopping with Kaitlin, I often find myself walking up and down the aisles wondering if something I see on the shelves would be good in beer. Baked beans....not so much, tea, juice, jelly, fruit and so on....possibly.
We also use some R&D (Repeat & Duplicate..Thanks Dave at Olde Bedford Brewing for that line). If we taste something from another brewery, distillery or winery that we like we will try to put our own spin on it. A great example of this would be our Oreo Milk Stout. We had a version of it from Adriot Theory and it blew us away. So we decided to make our own. To say it was a hit would be an understatement.
Brewing beer can be considered an art and when you're creating something the world provides so much motivation if you are looking for it.