This is a very special edition of Pastry’s Corner!
No, I am not announcing that I will be filling in for Jimmy Fallon in 2014. That deal fell apart because apparently (you won’t believe this) some high level executives over at NBC never heard of “Pastry Dan.” Try stepping out of the dark-ages and use the Google machine!!! I’m big! I’m so hot right now!!
I’m fine though – Really. You cannot contain a shooting star.
For now, this DIAMOND-IN-THE-DAMN-ROUGH is relegated to sharing his talent and charms with you… here.
So I figured I would strain my back a little more and continue to carry this blog site through the next Season. In part, most of that decision revolved around a beer I found while I was on something that most experts refer to as a complete shame spiral bender towards the dark oblivion of death: Rouge VooDoo Donut Bacon Maple Ale. From their website :
“Rogue Ales has collided with Voodoo Doughnut to create Bacon Maple Ale! This unique artisan creation contains a baker’s dozen number of ingredients including bacon and maple syrup from one of Voodoo’s signature doughnuts.”
For those not in the know, Voodoo Doughnuts is one of the premier doughnut shops in the country. They are famous for innovative flavors and toppings, and they are also heralded as the proud originators of the maple bacon doughnut. Rogue has a slew of original beers as well. Suffice to say, with their powers combined – yeah: Captain Planet. Boom.
This is a Rauchbier (smoked malt) style brew, and if you’ve never had one before it will catch you off guard if you aren’t ready for it. The first thing that you notice is the smell of the beer: the smokey aroma really hits you but there is also a slight waft of maple as well. The first sip is almost overwhelming, it’s an intense smokiness with a bacon and mildly sweet maple flavor on the back end. Just take a look at these ingredients and you’ll understand why it’s so smokey.
“13 Ingredients: Briess Cherrywood Smoked Malt, Weyermann Beechwood Smoked Malt, House-smoked Hickory Malt, Great Western 2 Row, Munich, C15, C75 Malts; Applewood-Smoked Bacon, Pure Maple Flavoring, Rogue Micro Hopyard Revolution & Independent Hops, Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast”
This is a heavy bacon smoke and malt flavor comibnation. As I kept drinking it seems to mellow out and became rather enjoyable. It’s not that heavy a beer, and once I got more accustomed to this beer’s smokey taste it went down pretty easy. It might be too much for some, but if you like a Rauchbier this will be right up your alley.
Here’s a little added Pastry bonus for you: The best brews ALWAYS come as part of a pairing. I am Pastry Dan, and Pastry-talk is traditionally my gift to you. So I picked up a few local Dunkin’ brand maple donuts, and fried up some fresh strips of hickory bacon.
I thought about having a little contrast and comparison session of the flavors and textures, but wouldn’t ya know it – Ol’ Pastry got bored and tired and just made a sandwich. It’s my own personal version of a BLT – you just have take the lettuce and tomato and spike it on the floor, in lieu of placing it on the donut.
The exquisite combination of soft warm donut and crisp bacon was the perfect companion for the Rouge/Voodoo Bacon Maple Ale. I cried tears of freedom for approximately 4 minutes before I blacked out. I’m still piecing together the memories. I wish I could say this was the first time my fiance had to clear bits of unchewed donut from my airway. Sorry ladies, she’s a keeper.