Do You Care About What’s in Your Beer?
Ok, this has been bothering me for a couple of days now, ever since we record our last Podcast; Should breweries be listing major ingredients on the beer label? If a brewery brews a style of beer but neglects to put on the label that they added a unique ingredient, for example Ginger, Chillies, Oysters, etc, can that ruin a beer for you?
A week or so ago while we were recording the podcast, we tried a beer from Butternuts called Porkslap Pale Ale. There are two things we try to do in our podcast keep an open mind and try not to read anything on the beer prior to recording. I had limited notes on this beer because the Butternuts website is in flash and my mac is having issues with flash lately. So the only thing I knew was the abv on the beer and a commercial description from Rate Beer which i didn’t read before hand (on purpose). We want to have an open mind and be as positive as we can about the beer, sometimes that is very difficult, like with this beer. Apparently this Pale Ale is brewed with ginger. I really hate ginger in beer. Sorry for those of you who like ginger in beer, I hate it, I find it disgusting. Had I know Porkslap had ginger in it I would have switched it out at the last minute with another beer we had from Butternuts, Moo Thunder Stout. But there was nothing on the label that said this beer was made with a ton (in my opinion) of ginger. I try to be honest and fair, I don’t like to slam a brewery or beer. It is hard work and requires a great deal of skill to commercially make beer. If I may be narcissistic for a sec, I would think a brewery would rather have someone skip over a beer instead of hating it or at least try it know what they should expect.
This brings me to another point. What about allergies? Does the boiling process “remove” the allergenic properties from that ingredient? I don’t know, but if I were allergic to that ingredient, I certainly would not want to find out. I know there are lots of people with shellfish allergies. When Flying Fish came out with Exit 1, their oyster stout, you could see on the label: “Oyster Stout” and “Beer Brewed with Oysters”. Now if you had an allergy or didn’t like oysters you could avoid the beer.
I like to drink good beer which is why I drink Craft Beer, but with craft beer and it’s expanding arsonal of flavors there are bound to be flavors you may not like. Why would I want to have a ginger beer, when I don’t like ginger in beer when there is all the other great beer out there?
One last point, this is not meant to be a bash on Butternut’s Pork Slap beer or the brewery, we did try their Moo Thunder Stout, which was very good. I would like to see ingredients listed on a beer that are not typical or common for the style.
Any Brewers/Breweries who read this far, I would love to hear what you think?
Anyway that’s my $.02.