Monday, December 22, 2008

beer and mustard , thanks sierra nevada

The Sierra Nevada Stout & Stoneground variety of mustard is the boldest of the bunch with distinct vinegar and dark mustard flavors. There is a detectible beer flavor here, but you would be hard pressed to identify it particularly as stout. Since there is a bit of spice to this one, it complements mild cheeses and dark brown breads.

The Sierra Nevada Porter & Spicy Brown, despite its name, is not all that hot. The Stout & Stoneground variety held a bit more heat than the comparatively simplistic Porter & Spicy Brown mustard. However, the richness of the mustard, as well as the simplicity, makes it very agreeable and almost populist in character with a good balance and a memorable mustard flavor.

The Sierra Nevada Pale Ale & Honey Spice is only mildly sweet with a light vinegar flavor with fruity hints of apple. The mustard is velvety smooth; almost emulsion like, with a light honey flavor. Again, it is hard to discern the exact variety of beer contained in the mustard, but there is a very likable hoppy quality to the mustard.

Sierra Nevada Mustards are available for $4 a jar and are available at Safeway

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