Another shout out to Dennis Wright for bringing this one back to CO on his recent trip to Georgia – Thank you very much – another nice one. Lazy Magnolia is one of the few brewers in Mississippi and Southern Pecan (4.65% ABV and 22 IBU), is a Specialty Beer using Pecans in the brewing process. Southern Pecan pours an amber / tan / brown with a one-finger head that recedes quickly. Nice aroma of sweetness and nuts. Southern Pecan is a very tasty beer and the pecans worked well with the brown ale. There is very little hop bitterness and the emphasis is on malts and the pecans. I think this is my first beer from Mississippi and Southern Pecan is a tasty one.
Website description – “Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale is the first beer in the world, to our knowledge, made with whole roasted pecans. The pecans are used just like grain and provide a nutty characteristic and a delightful depth to the flavor profile. This beer is very lightly hopped to allow the malty, caramel, and nutty flavors shine through. The color is dark mahogany. Southern Pecan won a Bronze Medal in the 2006 World Beer Cup in the Specialty Beer category.”
Funkwerks is a small-Ft. Collins-based brewer and Saison (6.8% ABV and 25 IBU). I opened this up for Christmas dinner. The head on this beer was just crazy and it literally filled up the glass. It took awhile and a number of small pours to obtain a decent glass of this Saison. Saison pours an orange / yellow with a fruity and spicy aroma. The beer has tastes undertones of the fruit one smells and the spice / pepper with a very dry finish. This is a solid Saison and I can understand why Funkwerks has been receiving a lot of attention.
Website description – “he beer you are holding is unique. A special strain of yeast and a warm fermentation produces a beer of exceptional flavor and aroma. An extended secondary maturation and bottle conditioning ensures all these unique qualities are preserved and evolve over time. Serve at 50°F in a tulip glass. “