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Friday, April 13th 2012

Bacon Brown Ale
(Uncommon Brewers)

Bam! It's bacon time! Not only is Uncommon Brewers' Bacon Brown Ale one of very few production beers actually brewed with real bacon, its also brewed with real organic bacon. You've got to admire Uncommon Brewers' devotion to doing unique things with beer. Brewery owner, Alec Stefansky, is not afraid to try new things. If you missed our Q & A with him check it out as he reveals a lot about what can be expected in the future from Uncommon Brewers.

From Uncommon Brewers' owner Alec Stefansky:

"...the newest addition to our line, the Bacon Brown Ale, I'm using toasted buckwheat and, yes, bacon-cured organic pork. It brings a hint of smoke to the nose and a nutty, savory finish to the beer. The bacon flavor is subtle, quite intentionally. I want the beer to be drinkable, not just a pork-fetish novelty. It'll never be like you're chewing on a piece of bacon. Instead the pork flavor comes on the finish, building as you get deeper into the glass."


Here we go...


Pour  fills the glass with a deep, dark, chestnut color. A very rich brown with a nice fluffy off-white head on top. Great looking pour coming out of the can.


Aroma – fairly sweet with a toasted brown bread and doughy aroma along with some slight hints of smokiness as well as dark fruits like red grapes, plums and ripe apples.

Taste – the first sip is a definite mix of flavors. Plenty of those fruit flavors come into play at first, its sweet and malty but in the end there is a lingering smokiness. This is a beer that you'll want to sip many times and let warm up to really allow for the flavors to come out. As my glass warms the flavor profile shifts and the smokiness of the bacon begins to manifest itself slowly and surely. Wow, is this good. Not over the top smokey which is key. You don't want to drink this too quick or too cold or you're liable to miss out on the main attraction. 


Overall - we're big supporters of brewers doing what they want to do and Alec at Uncommon Brewers is a great example of this. His Bacon Brown Ale is an altogether unique and "uncommon" ale with an ingrediant that many of us never thought they'd find in their beer - but it works. The smokey undertones of bacon in this brown ale really work well and to the unassuming imbiber they might not even realize there is bacon in their beer - organic bacon at that! Cheers Alec! Keep on being uncommon!

Note - Uncommon Brewers actually had to file paperwork with the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau to include actual (organic) pork in this beer. Because of the animal additive, Bacon Brown Ale is one of very few beers that actually needs approval at the federal level. - source Santa Cruz Sentinel


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Bacon Brown Ale
Style: Nut Brown Ale
Brewery: Uncommon Brewers
Santa Cruz, California  
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 6.8%
IBUs: ???
Date: April 13th, 2012

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