Day 12: Asheville Brewing Ninjabread Man Porter by Glenn Cutler and Dave Tollefsen
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Asheville Brewing Ninjabread Man Porter
Blogger: Glenn Cutler and Dave Tollefsen – NCBeerGuys
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Beer: Ninjabread Man Porter
Brewery: Asheville Brewing Company – Asheville, NC
The brewing team works closely with the Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company chefs to hand-craft a concoction of fresh vanilla beans, toasted cinnamon sticks, raisins and caramelized ginger. This saliva-inducing syrup is then added to Asheville Brewing’s World Beer Cup gold medal winner and year-round flagship beer, Ninja Porter. The all fresh ingredients produce the insane taste sensation of a liquid gingerbread cookie in the seasonal Ninja Bread Man Porter, a beer that stealthily kicks like a Ninja at 5.6 percent ABV.
-Style: Spiced Porter
-Noteworthy Ingredients: vanilla beans, toasted cinnamon sticks, raisins and caramelized ginger
Why I selected the Asheville Brewing Ninjabread Man Porter:
The original Ninja Porter was one of our earliest beer promotions and both of us fell in love with the flavor and mouthfeel that it delivered. Last year Dave was in a bottle shop and noticed Ninjabread Man. Always on the lookout for new beers in North Carolina, he grabbed the bottle and saw that it was a winter version of the Ninja Porter. The problem with holiday ales is you’re just recovering from a season of pumpkin spice when another series of spices comes around. Just like pumpkin spice beers, the amount of spice in holiday ales varies greatly.
Ninjabread Man has a lot of spices but it’s not overwhelmed by them. It has the perfect balance to separate it from the original Ninja Porter but still imbibe that holiday taste. It’s definitely not one of the beers that’s appropriate to drink in the middle of July. Like with other spiced beers, you want to chill it, pour it and then let it sit and warm up to really bring out the flavors. This is a beer I look forward to getting each winter.
What would you pair with the Ninjabread Man Porter?
The spices work really well with turkey or ham. As a dessert beer, a raspberry or cherry cobbler would be amazing.
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About Asheville Brewing:
Brewing some of the best ales since 1998! If you love great hand-crafted micro brewed beer, you’ve come to the right place. We’re crazy about great beer and we really know our hops! We’ve been brewing up some of the finest beer mankind has ever tasted. We have our usual lineup, but with the new brewer series, we’ve started to push the paradigm and have come up with some amazing creations that are quickly becoming the preferred pint at the table. From our jalapeno infused Fire Escape, the Mardi Gras inspired Bier de Garde, to the malty, yet hoppy Ashevillian black I.P.A. We’ve let our imaginations wander and you’ll love what we’ve got on tap for you next!
For more information, please visit http://ashevillebrewing.com/.