Lexington Avenue Brewery has been closed since last Sunday night, when the band Young and In the Way sprayed copious amounts of pig’s blood in the brewery’s concert room. It’s sad to think about the money lost by the brewery and its employees in the days since. To drum up at least a little business, Ashevegas is giving away a $75 giftcard to whomever comes up with the most creative pig blood-inspired name. Bring your A-game, as their are some great entries so far.
The funny thing about some of the names, though, is that they don’t sound all that unrealistic. While I’ve never heard of someone brewing with pig’s blood (smoked goat brains and bull testicles, sure, but never pig’s blood!), brewing with bacon is nothing new — especially in North Carolina. In fact, on tonight’s season premiere of Brew Dogs you can watch Fullsteam Brewery use bacon and maple syrup to brew “the world’s most caloric beer.” Pisgah Brewing produces a Benton’s Bacon Snout with bacon from Benton Smokehouse Farms, which pairs well with the molasses that are also used in the beer.
Bacon seems to show up frequently in the beers at Ass Clown Brewery in Cornelius. Their website currently lists a Bacon Oyster Stout and Smoked Bacon Maple Black Ale. Triple C Brewing made their Smoked Amber a bit more so by infusing it with bacon for a Bacon Beer and BBQ dinner at JJ’s Red Hots a few months ago.
There have also been several other events that pair beer with bacon. This Sunday, the Piedmont Culinary Guild will host the Bacon and Brews Cruise-In in Charlotte. Other notable bacon and beer events include Cary’s Bacon and Beer Festival and Highland Brewing’s BaconFest. And all of this is to say nothing of the many places where you can order an actual pint of bacon, like Thirsty Monk in Asheville, Brewmaster’s Bar in Raleigh or Railhouse Brewery in Aberdeen.
Have you had any bacon beer, here in the Carolinas or elsewhere?