Brew Review – Hay Man! By Lauderale @lauder_ale

There is legitimately nothing more that frosts my cookies than when you say hey to someone, and they come back with the incredibly uninventive response of “Hay is for horses.”It’s just so cliché.

It’s also incredibly wrong, as apparently hay is now for beer as well. I learned this at Lauderale somewhat recently with Hay Man! (Pale Ale, 7.6% ABV, 35 IBU).

I will admit upon seeing the name, I did not expect for hay to actually be utilized. But it was, and owner Kyle Jones let me know that the hay was actually one of his brewers’ ideas.

Letting that beer age on the hay for a little bit brings a very interesting, citrus-forward quality to the beer, soft and still nicely herbal.

If you can think of Frosted Shredded Wheat cereal, it’s sort of like that, only less excessively sugary. Bring in nice notes of lemon, lime, and tangerine, and you get an idea for how the beer tastes.

It’s very soft, very light on body and feels light on alcohol content, and finishes interestingly refreshingly.I had never seen this adjunct before, and I’m happy that I was able to try it, since it ended up being remarkably flavorful and complimentary to a beer in a way I never had considered before.

Thank God for clichés.

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