I originally went to the store to pick up some pheasant for my mom's birthday dinner. I figured I needed to get some French wine to pour with my Civet de Canard. Then I saw this Autumn Maple, a Belgian-style brown ale, from The Bruery. And I knew that it was what I was pouring tonight.
The Bruery is a boutique craft brewery located in Orange County, California that specializes in experimental and barrel aged beer. Fun!
They write: "Our calling is to create beers with character and depth using the simplest and purest of means. We do not filter or pasteurize our beers. Most of our bottled beers gain carbonation through bottle conditioning, allowing carbonation to naturally occur through a secondary bottle fermentation. We strive to use unconventional ingredients, and we will proudly state what we put in our beers."
Yep. This bottle definitely has amazing character. Brewed with 17 pounds of yams per barrel it also has cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla, molasses, and maple syrup, and is fermented with their traditional Belgian yeast strain. It's bold and spicy. Perfect on a cold autumn evening. And it was the perfect accompaniment to our duck. Delicious!