I walked from my place in Clifton to Apocalypse Brew Works yesterday evening just to have a pint and hang out for a bit, and brew master Leah Dienes quickly said, “We just put a new beer on tap.” I looked up at the familiar blackboard listing all the current offerings, and there it was in the No. 6 hole: “Peanut Butter.” No fancy end-of-the world name, no ABV or IBU numbers – just “Peanut Butter.”
I had to try it. Wouldn’t anyone?
Well, I imagined it was one of those beers that would probably have just a hint of peanut in it; you know how some flavored beers end up with only traces of the featured flavor left to battle it out with hops or whatever? But when I took my first whiff, the nose of this beer floored me. It smelled like opening a bag of Reese’s Pieces or something. I couldn’t believe it. I was ready to pour it over some pancakes. Or dunk a banana in it.
The flavor is not quite so peanut-buttery, however. The peanut is there, but the beer ends on the palate as more of a sweet, mild nut brown ale. Not that that’s a bad thing. The good news is that the nose is so distinctive that the experience becomes very close to what it must be like to drink a Reese’s cup.
“Did you use Jif?” I asked Leah about halfway through my pint.
“We’ve got little elves who crush peanuts and make it for us,” she said.
“It’s between 3.4 and 3.8,” Leah said.
So it’s also a sessionable beer, which is also nice. I’m not into sweet beers, so I doubt I’ll be having much more of the stuff, but I’m glad I tried it. Cheers to Leah for coming up with yet another interesting concoction. Will this end up being the Watermelon Crack of autumn? Time will tell.