Beer #145 - W/C 4 December 2017
BEER // Tammy is a fan of authentic Masala Chai - a spiced, milky tea that originated in India - and wondered what a Chai beer might taste like. She started with a full bodied milk stout and played with various spices before finding the right combination of cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla and others. Of course, upscaling a recipe like this from the bench top to a full sized brew is a little nerve wracking but we reckon she nailed it. The NZ Brewer's Guild clearly agree as they awarded Chai Time a Gold. When the beer was released at Beervana, they offered it 'straight' or with a dash of cream and chocolate sprinkles which toned down the intensity of the spices. Another delicious alternative way to serve would be to make a flip where a red hot poker is stuck into the beer to caramelise the milk sugars and make a delicious, warming drink. This is another Beer Jerk Exclusive with this batch being bottled just for us.
BREWERY // Mata
BEER // Chai Milk Stout
ORIGIN // Kawerau
ABV // 6%
TEMPERATURE // Cool. 10-13 C
FOOD MATCH // Chaat (Indian snacks). Chai Muffins. Brie. Vanilla Ice Cream. Cinnamon & Nutmeg Popcorn.
GLASS // Stout Glass. Dimpled Pint. China Mug