Hey, no one’s perfect…as we at American Craft Beer understand better than most. That said, there are some brewing ideas out there that should never have happened, like beer brewed with bacon extract.
We’ve never been big fans of Corn Dog and Funnel Cake Beer. We’d rather drink windshield washer fluid than ever submit to Deer Antler Beer. But when we learned of a beer boasting big bacon aromatics, we were ready to blow our brains out.
Here’s the Deal
Many of you may remember the Waffle House chain from your college days. It’s the Atlanta head-quartered restaurant chain, where some of us ended up, woofing down greasy eats in a desperate effort to sop up all the beer we’d been power-pounding that night.
But now Oconee Brewing is memorializing the chain, which serves breakfast 24/7, (and likely those late-night attempts to lessen the hangover you know you deserve), with a special collaboration it did with Waffle House.
And as much we appreciate the beer’s name, its nifty can design, as well as the brewery’s adventurous spirit, any beer brewed with bacon extract is a beer that needs to be avoided at all costs…
Oconee Bacon & Kegs (great name, right?) is a 6.5% ABV” bacon-infused” Red Ale that the brewery took to social media and described this way…
“The beloved scent of bacon stands out from the typical medium hop aroma of a red ale. The malty sweetness of the base beer blends perfectly with the salty, savory, and smoky bacon extract to create a delicious and unique beer.”
“Bacon & Kegs pairs well with breakfast food items (obviously!), or can be enjoyed as a stand-alone, soon to be iconic beer.”
With cans that were designed by Brock Company Creative, LLC, a fellow Greensboro, Georgia, small business, Bacon & Kegs will become exclusively available at the brewery on Dec 18.
American Craft Beer has long taken the position that bacon, while it can be incredibly tasty, is primarily a salt and fat delivery system. It’s not something you drink.
You need bacon to combat having consumed too much beer, or on pizza to pair with your beer, but absolutely NEVER in your beer…just sayin.’
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