Two years in the past, organizers for the Indiana State Fair approached Sun King Brewery about doing a particular beer only for State Honest. Final yr, the truthful was canceled, however this yr’s truthful is a go so Dave Colt, proprietor of the Solar King Brewery in Indiana, received to pondering.
For those who’re in Indiana, the most important meals sights are large turkey legs, funnel muffins and corn canine, he says. “Turkey leg beer sounds gross so let’s do funnel muffins,” says Dave Colt, proprietor of Solar King Brewery in Indiana.
And that’s precisely what Colt and his crew at Solar King did – they made a State Honest State Honest Funnel Cake Pastry Ale. “300 funnel muffins had been lovingly murdered to make this beer,” Colt says. “We tossed them in entire, into the mash, and so they broke up as we had been mashing.”
That’s proper. 300 funnel muffins had been tossed into the mash to make the beer. You may watch Colt and his crew toss the muffins proper into the mash here. “It smelled so good that day, however we didn’t get to eat a single cake,” says Elizabeth Belange, advertising and marketing and promotions director for this Indiana brewery.
The odor was so engaging, and the crew was so upset that Belange, who’s a talented house baker, made selfmade funnel muffins, which she took to the brewery the following day. These muffins, nevertheless, had been eaten by the brewers, as an alternative of being sacrificed for the ale.
To make the pastry ale, greater than only a bunch of funnel muffins had been wanted. Colt researched the historical past of the state truthful candy, in addition to the historic flavors and the strategies of constructing them. “Once we do one thing like this, we love to do it kind a historic viewpoint,” he says. “Old school recipes known as for a pinch of nutmeg and a pinch of cinnamon, and we did that.”
He and his crew then matched flavors with malts and yeasts, and so they got here up with State Honest Funnel Cake Pastry Ale, which smells and tastes very a lot as if a funnel cake turned a tasty ale.
It’s not the primary time that Solar King has achieved a loopy, pastry ale. “We did a beer known as Cookie, and the inspiration for that got here from, what if we made beer that tasted like a chocolate chip cookie?” Colt says. “We additionally did a Chocolate Cake, and a Big Chocolate Cupcake, and we threw large cupcakes into the batch.”
The brand new brew is offered in each cans and draft proper on the Indiana State Honest, which began final Friday, and the Indiana State Honest runs till Aug. 22. The beer can be offered on faucet on the brewery’s tasting rooms whereas provides final. Nonetheless, iff State Honest Funnel Cake Pastry Ale runs out, it’s gone for good, and no extra funnel muffins can be sacrificed to brew extra beer. “That may be a superb downside to have,” Colt says.
Even when Funnel Cake Pastry Ale is gone, the oldsters at Solar King are already engaged on their subsequent mission: Popcorn Pilsner, which was made with a mix of seven heirloom popcorns grown in Sunman, Indiana (after which popped on the Solar King Brewery.) “It took 14 staff, engaged on 14 popcorn poppers, for 14 hours to pop all 100 kilos of popcorn,” Colt says.