What follows is the July 24th edition of my weekly column written for DIG Magazine.
For years, Kiln, Miss., has been known as the hometown of ex-NFL quarterback, Brett Favre. But thanks to Lazy Magnolia, Kiln is now becoming known for their craft beer. The makers of the Southern Pecan brown ale are back with their second high gravity beer since the laws in Mississippi allowed them to begin brewing that style last summer.
Backwoods Belgian is a golden ale brewed with honeysuckle tea. It is lightly carbonated, and pours with a small head that disappears quickly. The aroma is earthy and the first sip is refreshingly crisp. The finish is dry with a honey-like sweetness, just as the label proclaims. This ale is reminiscent of a chardonnay with the earthy character, low carbonation and dry finish, and would be a great beer for the white wine fan to enjoy.
This is a beer that will pair well with many dishes, including chicken, pork, pasta and fresh fish. Or enjoy it on its own as a refreshing summer thirst quencher. Backwoods Belgian weighs in at 8.5 percent ABV, which belies its easy drinking character.
Find Lazy Magnolia Backwoods Belgian in 4-packs for around $10 at Calandro’s, Matherne’s and Cuban Liquor.