Has anyone put amburana in your beer yet? In 2019, Denver Beer Co. took home the gold in the Great American Beer Festival’s Wood- and Barrel-Aged category for their Amburana Dream. Kentucky’s Against the Grain Brewery used amburana in their gold-winning wood-aged strong stout. And now, using this fragrant Brazilian wood in beer is officially a thing.
Bronx Brewery has found a perfect application for amburana in its limited and seasonal Jingle Jangle Christmas Ale. Like the bewitching alchemy that creates whiskey when the distilled spirit is introduced to oak, something great also happens when beer meets wood. This particular wood imparts a spicy, baked goods aroma and Bronx Brewery used it condition their Christmas ale brewed from copper malt and a little wheat. The result is a spicy, warming brew perfect for these long winter nights.
As part of their Up and Comer series, the beer won’t be around long, so if you’re in the neighborhood, or are lucky enough to live where Bronx Brewery distributes (mostly East Coast locales, for now) pick up a can and check out craft brewing’s new favorite flavor.
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