When shopping at one of my favorite local stores for unusual beers (Plump Jack in Noe Valley), the manager pointed out a beer which had just arrived from Canada. Route des Epices from Brasserie Dieu Ciel in Montreal.
Unusually this beer is a rye based beer flavored with black and green peppercorns.
Being a big fan of both rye and pepper, I couldn’t resist giving it a try.
The first thing that surprised me about it was how dry a beer it was. It’s pretty dark in color, so I was expecting something a bit sweeter.
Next thing I got was a bit of black pepper burn at the back of my throat.
I continued to puzzle over the combinations of flavors. As it warmed, more of the black and green pepper flavor expressed themselves in the beer. Almost a woody, musty, earthy flavor.
Nice tingle on the tongue, as well, from the heat of the peppercorns.
Certainly like no other beer I’ve ever tried before, but on the whole, I’d rate it more as interesting than outstanding.
Brasserie Dieu Ciel makes another beer which they flavor with Hibiscus Flowers. Also an interesting enough idea that I’d try it at least once.
Green Room Cocktail
1/3 Brandy. (3/4 oz Cerbois VSOP Armangac)
2/3 French Vermouth. (1 1/2 oz Dolin Dry Vermouth)
2 Dashes Curacao. (2/3 barspoon Senior Curacao of Curacao)
Shake (stir, please) well and strain into cocktail glass. (Orange Twist.)
This Cocktail, a great favourite with mummers, is an excellent ” pick-me-up.”
The “Green Room” is the room actors hang out in when not on stage. Of course, not uncommon for a fortifying nip to be taken before one heads out on stage.
I had thought the term “Green Room” was to do with television. I was interested to discover that that the term’s first recorded use* was in 1701!
“Mummer” is not just the name of one of my favorite XTC album, it also is a term used to refer to actors. That term goes back even further than “Green Room,” having it’s origins, according to dictionary.com, with the traveling troupes of actors in the 1400s.
A pleasant enough cocktail. Certainly cried out for some bitters and a twist.
*From Word Origins.org:
I do know London pretty well, and the Side-box, Sir, and behind the Scenes; ay, and the Green-Room, and all the Girls and Women Actresses there.
From Colley Cibber’s 1701 play, “Love Makes A Man”.
This post is one in a series documenting my ongoing effort to make all of the cocktails in the Savoy Cocktail Book, starting at the first, Abbey, and ending at the last, Zed.