Friday, January 29, 2010

Rice, corn, and wheat: a quick rant

You know the self-congratulatory rant: "We are a CRAFT BREWERY, and we don't use rice or corn."

Of course, that same righteous brewery will proudly make a wheat beer. Wheat —itself only a few notches above flavor-neutral— that will, in the mash,  dilute the flavor of barley.

Is then saké —100% rice beer— an inconsequential beverage? Not quite.

Beer is not solely the ingredient; it's what the brewer makes of it.


  1. Indeed. Coincidentally, I'm reading this whist sipping Sierra Nevada's Kellerweiss. Excellent.


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