May 22, 2012

Faster, Bigger, Better, Bolder

Awesomely delicious for a spiced, adjunct beer. Faster Bigger Better Bolder is a collaboration between The Bruery and Dogfish Head. It's basically a blonde ale brewed with two kinds of rice and fermented with sake yeast, but it gets its unique flavor from a Japanese spice mix called schichimi togarashi. The mix typically consists of cayenne, ginger, black and white sesame seeds, poppy seeds, nori and orange peel, but the orange peel was replaced by whole kumquats that were pulverized and added to the boil. This is a very refreshing beer, with plenty of carbonation and weighing in at a surprising 8.25% ABV (though you wouldn't know if it didn't say on the bottle). You get the light body from the rice, citrus from the kumquats, some spice from the ginger and pepper, and a dry, bittersweet finish from the sake yeast. Looking at all the ingredients, it would be easy to see how easily the beer could become terribly unbalanced, but none of of the flavors are too strong and none too weak. The beer paired very nicely with the katsudon I had with it, and I imagine it's a great partner for any mild, "meat & rice" sort of dish.

Faster, Bigger, Better, Bolder One dollar from every bottle sold was donated to help rebuild Japanese breweries and homes affected by the earthquake and tsunami in 2011.