This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Lakefront Brewery's Holiday Spice Lager.
I picked this beer up at the Beverage Barn on Jericho Turnpike in Garden City Park. As I have mentioned in past posts, this store is one of my favorites because they will let you mix a six pack or just buy individual bottles of anything not sealed in a box. They also sell Saranac Diet Root Beer which we use as a treat at our Friday Night table, but that is a story for another post...
The Lakefront Holiday Spice Lager is a very different kind of beer, much like the other beers produced at Lakefront which has been an innovative brewery for quite some time. This brew is a "Winter Warmer", but unlike most other beers in this category, the Lakefront people have made used a lager as their vehicle for their special seasonal brew.
The label of the beer indicated that it is spiced with cinnamon, orange zest, nutmeg, cloves and honey. All of these flavors are added to a brew process which is engineered to produce a high alcohol brew (the Lakefront website indicates that it is 11% abv).
The beer poured a dark amber and had a decent amount of foam which quickly dissipated. My first taste started with the cinnamon as well as an alcohol flavor which was not well masked by all the spice. Additional sips of the beer added interesting spice notes which I was not able to readily identify. Mrs. KB adds that the beer is yummy, but I can't get much more of a comment from her as to the flavors or its possible pairings. She even opines that I should not buy more of it, although that may be due to my ambivalence as to whether I like it or not.
I can't really see pairing this beer with main course dishes as the spice level and alcohol content don't really lend themselves to meat or poultry. Having said that, if you are into spiced beers, you may want to consider this brew as a meal replacement or at the very least, a non-fat dessert substitute.
Lakefront Brewery Holiday Spice is under the kosher supervision of the Star-K (there is even a Star-K on the label).
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