Quick, meaningless semantics to start off today’s post: Chai literally means ‘tea.’ So when you go to your favorite coffee and tea bar and you see Chai tea on the menu, what you’re seeing is ‘tea tea’ advertised.
The chai in chai tea is actually masala chai, the technically correct name for the spice infused concoction that is (rightfully) taking the beverage world by storm.
But pretty much all Westerners call masala chai just chai, which is a good indication that the drink has the infusion of spices that make it so good.
And being ever so resourceful, Florida brewers aren’t shy about using chai. Such is the case with Bangin’ Banjo Brewing in Pompano Beach and their Don’t Be Chai About It (Brown Ale, 4.3% ABV).
Yummy, yummy. What I will do is warn you that chai spices, traditionally Cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon, aren’t necessarily sweet. Most chai teas purchased have a lot of milk and sugar added, making the beverage very sweet.
Not so here. Triple B just used the spices in a mellow and rich brown ale to create a lot of depth and intricate complexities. It tastes very dark, with the cardamom especially bringing an almost stout-like heaviness to the beer’s flavor.
Definitely don’t drink anything heavy or spicy before trying this beer. You’ll miss a lot of the nuances, and that would be an absolute shame.
Sort of like incessantly correcting grammar.
Drink Florida Craft,