I was recently made aware by fellow blogger Rod J BeerVentures that New Belgium Brewing and Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream have announced a collaboration to be released later this year. They’ve decide to call it “Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale”. Since no one can try this beer yet it is now incumbent upon us to rush to hasty judgement about whether we like this idea, and about whether this will actually be a good beer or not. You know what they say, “If you don’t go out on a limb you’ll never be able to fall from a broken tree branch”,…so here goes.
First off, let’s discuss the idea of doing an ice cream themed beer. Considering I’ve had great beers that have been flavored with everything from chocolate to quince to hot peppers, I’m not against it (as long as this guy won’t be allowed to serve it to me):
Now, will it be good? I’ll admit I have reservations. The good news is that New Belgium puts out some really great beers, so that gives me hope. My concern is not the ice cream aspect, but the specific ice cream flavor they went with (Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale). My first instinct is that it will be too sweet and not balanced. Brown Ales in general tend to have a mild natural sweetness, and then you’re adding salted caramel and brownie. I would probably be more positive if they had picked a porter or stout for this flavor. Speaking of that, why did they choose this flavor? Ben & Jerry’s has a ton of ice cream flavors that I’d love to try in beer form, such as:
Cherry Garcia Stout, Pumpkin Cheesecake Ale, Vanilla Toffee Bar Porter, etc. (feel free to get started on these, New Belgium)
Pre-Judging this beer probably isn’t fair, as I can recall a breakfast stout that was brewed with maple and bacon that I was sure was going to be grievous, but turned out to be delightful. However, I am writing a blog here, where uninformed opinions outweigh fairness every time! At the end of the day I hope they assuage my concerns and that this beer is great, because that just makes the world a better place. Until then we’ll be left wondering, will we all scream for this ice cream, or will we all jeer for this beer?