If you know me, you know I love smoked beers.
It all started with Hammerheart Brewing Company. An associate of mine brought a growler of beer to share from Hammerheart called Bog Burial. I learned that it was an Extra Special Bitter aged in Laphroaig barrels. While others were at the table loathing the smoky flavor, I was entranced.
“This is what beer can taste like”, I said to myself. It’s not a new revelation to me by any means; It’s what continues to drive my appreciation for craft beer.
It’s an interest that I think only fresh hopheads can understand. The hunt for another flavor expression. For me, it’s about the smoke as well as hops (and peppers/chiles, too, but that’s another blog).
So, when Funky Picnic Brewery & Café co-founder Collin Zreet mentioned he and TexMalt are hosting an inaugural smoke beer competition in Fall 2022, I was absolutely thrilled. The competition will award 1st, 2nd and 3rd place style and technical awards, as well as a Brewer’s Choice award that will be brewed on their pilot system and be placed on tap at Funky Picnic.
Can’t wait to taste the winning brew! In meantime, find yourself a sip of smoke.