Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 10 a.m.
A sweet and spicy Beer of the Week from Indeed Brewing in Northeast
It may be all about the Oktoberfest beers
in early fall, but this week's Beer of the Week is an entirely different style that speaks to the season. Brewing's Sweet Yamma Jamma is a medium-bodied clear ale brewed with familiar Thanksgiving dinner flavors such as pulverized sweet potatoes and candied yams.
The finished product is a pumpkin-type beer for people who don't even like pumpkin beers. How do they do it?
"We take 480 pounds of jumbo sweet potatoes, chop them into chunks with the biggest cleaver you've ever seen, and then run them through an oversized food processor that shreds them into itty bitty pieces," says Indeed co-founder Rachel Anderson. "The next morning the potatoes are added to the mash along with European malts. Then about 6 days later, after primary fermentation is complete, we macerate canned sweet potatoes into a slurry along with a secret blend of spices and inject the mixture into the fermenter."
The result is richer, subtler, and less sweet than most other fall-flavored brews. Sweet Yamma Jamma has the earthy notes of root vegetables and the warm spice of ginger, nutmeg, and a little bit of cinnamon, without tasting like liquified pie. It drinks dangerously easy and has a nice dry finish, so it's celebratory but still sophisticated.
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