Munchies, the food blog department of Vice Magazine’s website, picked up a story about Eagle Rock Brewery’s experimental Beetlegeist dry Irish stout. The beer debuted in May at ERB’s annual Session Fest event, and it is notable because of the unique ingredient that brewers Lee Bakofsky and Melanie Pierce used to tint the foam of the brew pink: beetles.
Pierce has made nearly a dozen different pink beers over the years, but for Session Fest 2015, she envisioned something completely different: a black beer with a bright pink foam based on a dry Irish stout. The style (think Guinness) usually has an opaque black color and creamy, white head. Often nitrogenated to create a velvety texture and that signature cascading foam, dry stouts are full of roasty, hoppy flavors, but are light in body and low in alcohol—perfect for a lengthy drinking session at the pub.
While brainstorming new methods to tint the foam of Eagle Rock breweries brew, Bakofsky remembered a regular at the tasting room who used to mix the brewery’s Belgian witbier with Campari for a vividly scarlet cocktail.
“I thought it sounded nasty,” the brewer admitted. “But then I tried it and I was surprised that the herbal character of the Campari worked with the witbier.” In Campari, that brilliant red hue used to be achieved with these same bugs.
Check out the full article for all the details, and let us know what you think about using bugs in a beer. Did you get a chance to try Beetlegeist? What did you think?