Our Favorite Bacon(y) Beers
So we’re holding the NH Bacon & Beer Festival on May 21st, maybe you’ve heard about it? Well perhaps you realized that we (the organizers) like our bacon, and we like our beer, but what about bacon in beer or smoked beer with that bacony flavor? Yes, it’s true, we love the rauchbiers and we love the bacon-infused beers, too. Collected here we’ve listed a couple of our personal favorites. This is not a definitive list (such a thing does not exist, especially with the subjectivity of taste). The beers listed here are some of those that we like that demonstrate a bacony quality, but there are plenty of beers we haven’t had yet, or which we simply forgot to list here. Perhaps you’ve had one? Great! Let us know in the comments!
We’re hosting a Bacon & Beer festival here in New Hampshire, so it should come as no surprise to anyone that we have tried (and tried again) Rockingham Brewing Company’s dark black monster. What we’re doubly excited about, however is the fact that Rockingham Brewing Company has confirmed that they’ll be on hand to pour samples of this inky monster for the crowds! Smoky, rich, and dare we say it, succulent! Belly of the Beast comes with a healthy dose of beast belly (read: bacon) and subtler notes of stouty grandeur, giving drinkers a rich, smooth, and bacon-filled sip with a little bit of coffee roast to spice up the palate. What is not to love? Alas, this beer is not okay for your vegan friends, as it most certainly has some bacon in it… but hey, that’s their loss. Belly of the Beast is delicious! We’ve even heard whispers of a variant of this beer going by the name of Maple Belly of the Beast… perhaps if we are lucky, the Good Beer Fairy will bring some to our festival? 😛 (hint, hint Rockingham Brewing Company…)
While a newer player to the NH beer scene, Great North Aleworks has been making waves with their RVP (Robust Vanilla Porter) and their dank, bitter IPA, and their third mainline offering, Smokin’, follows this trend as a damn fine American Rauchbier. Brewed with a top fermenting ale yeast, as opposed to a traditional lager strain, Smokin’ is an evolution of a recipe that head brewer and owner Rob North won the Sam Adams Patriot Homebrew Competition with back in 2010. This meaty sipper will please any rauch fan, and, as the good folk of Great North put it, the beer is “just shy of bacon in a glass.” We’re super excited that Great North Aleworks will be pouring at our event, and we can’t wait to see how the bacony grandeur of this beer will pair with actual bacon!