Today J and I joined some friends for lunch at The Brass Ring. I’d shot pool and drunk beer there before but never had a meal, so I was afraid that my conscientious omnivorism might leave me with nothing but French fries and onion rings to choose from. The menu (PDF), though, had a surprising number of vegetarian and “good” meat options, ranging from the black bean burger that I had (hold the cheese, add guac) to grass-fed buffalo burgers.
The tastiest thing about lunch, though, was the Madison-brewed Jinja Ninja beer that I had. (You can see in the background of the pic that J had Lake Louie’s Warped Speed Scotch Ale.)
Here’s how Vintage Brewing describes the Jinja Ninja: “Never heard of a spelt-based, gingerlaced amber double witbier?! (That’s because we just made it up.) Chock full of ancient grain wisdom and armed with a zesty fresh ginger kick, Jinja Ninja is here to vanquish the foe – beer boredom!”
With wheat beers one of my favorite styles, and as a huge fan of ginger (not to mention spelt!), this one was right up my alley. I agree with the take of Peter Hunt at OverServed, who called it “very complex and refreshing.” Some folks might find the ginger a bit much, but I thought it was great and surprisingly well-balanced for how gingery it was. I really enjoyed it and hope that I come across this specialty brew again before it’s all gone.