Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Don't fret, my little pint. Prohibition was repealed.
Speakeasy Ales and Lagers began in 1997 and hails from (where else?) San Francisco. And boy, do they make some yummy beer. Speakeasy brews a variety of styles, many of which are only available on tap, but their four flagship beers helped solidify their role in the microbrewing world. Prohibition Amber Ale, Untouchable Pale Ale, Double Daddy Imperial India Pale Ale (IPA) and, my personal favorite, Big Daddy IPA are available in bottles all year round at many beer retailers.
Big Daddy, meet Three Baking Sheets' readers.
Readers, Big Daddy.
This beer looks pretty sexy in a glass. It pours a clear golden color with a rich, billowy head. The aroma is of grapefruit rind, hops and a hint of caramel which all come through as you drink it. It starts off mildly sweet and malty on the tongue and has a pleasantly bitter finish. A GREAT staple beer. Bring it to your next Power Pad party or whatever it is kids do these days.
Wait. Something is definitely missing.
Something sweet. Something...muffin-y.
Oddly enough, I have a pan of warm banana streusel muffins within oven mitt's reach.
A hefeweizen would complement these muffins nicely but since they're pretty sweet as is, I decided to pair them with an IPA to counter some of that sweetness.
Come to Big Daddy, you banana muffin you.
I gotta tell you...these go really well together. Like Simon and Garfunkel. Woodward and Lothrop. Organic peanut butter and real fruit preserves. But not like Reese and Jake. Rest in peace, my favorite celebrity relationship.