Winter is the perfect season to get out of the cold and bundle up in front of an open fire.
Whether or not you have a fireplace at home, Tangled Roots’ upcoming Rauchbier may be a way to get that experience in liquid form.
The aroma of this unique beer will remind guests of an open fire while the flavor hints at bacon and smoked meats. But there’s no need for our vegetarian friends to worry. No meat was added to the beer. Instead, the flavor is imparted by smoking the malted barley that was used in the beer.
Forty percent of the base malts were smoked on Applewood and Cherrywood using the smoker in the kitchen of The Lone Buffalo, 808 La Salle Street. The process used to smoke the malts is the same process used for smoking meat.
The Rauchbier, which simply translates to “smoked beer” in German, will be released on Thursday, Dec. 29, at 4 p.m. in the Tangled Roots Tap Room, 814 La Salle Street. It will be $6 for a 16-ounce glass or $10 for a 32-ounce crowler to go. Crowlers will be limited to one per guest per visit.
The first 20 guests that attend the release will receive a free sample of the beer and a sample of a special food pairing. The food pairing also will be available for purchase.