Monday, December 7, 2015

Dark Beer Lovers Must Try this Squash Beer

You know that one thing that you keep missing, even though there are so many great GF products out there?  For those of us who love dark beer, finding a gluten-free version that satisfies our craving for that smoky, malty, liquid goodness is our personal search for the holy grail.  While I'm not saying that my search is over, I am saying that I have found a cup that looks an awful lot like that grail.

Any dark beer lover would have already tried Green's Dubbel Dark Ale knows that it's a solid choice for GF dark beer.  However, that light fruity Belgian style is just not the same thing as a lush, malty dark beer.  Ground Breaker Brewing's Dark Ale comes a little closer to satisfying that craving.  However, this Seasonal Squash Ale is even better than the brand's Dark Ale.  Something about the squash in the recipe smooths it out and mellows the flavors.

Maybe that's because of the process.  From the Ground Breaker press release:

Ground Breaker’s one-of-a-kind seasonal is “triple-squashed.” Squash is added to the mash tun, boil kettle, and fermenter. Pumpkin seeds are toasted, crushed, and also added to the mash. The ale has a “wet-squash” addition to the fermenter which consists of squash that has been slow roasted for several days into a creamy squash butter. It is then finished with a gentle inclusion of cinnamon, nutmeg, and toasted coriander to complement the squash flavors and aromas.

In spite of all the squash and spices, this brew has a smooth, subtle flavor that's well-rounded.  Because of all the squash and spices, it's a perfect accompaniment to all your holiday meals and festivities.  Dark beer lovers, this ale is a must-try.  Get some, and let me know what you think!