Po-tay-toes! Boil ‘em, mash ‘em, stick ‘em in a beer!
When Five Barrel were invited to pour their beers at the Robertson Potato Festival, they decided to go one step further and brew a potato beer. Because why wouldn’t you?
The brewers boiled and mashed Sebago potatoes from Robertson’s Hill Family Farms, then added them into - you guessed it - the mash. While they knew the enzymes in the barley malt would help break the potato starches into fermentable sugars, they didn’t realise that an enzyme on the potatoes would help break down sugars even further. As a result, the beer is quite dry, which works well with its classic taste.
Because this Australian sparkling ale really is a very beery-tasting beer: a light candy sweetness on the nose, some bready and pear notes in the mouth, and a smooth body and gentle carbonation keeping it easy drinking.
If you’re in the area, check out the Robertson Potato Festival on May 6 and 7 for cooking demonstrations, a mashed potato-eating competition, hessian sack fashion parades, and all the chips you can handle.
Published May 5, 2023 2023-05-05 00:00:00