Disclaimer: You are about to enter the beer geek zone. I absolutely love kicking it back with brewers, talking science, talking art, and totally geeking-out over beer. In my world, very few things compare to hanging out at a brewery, with the brewer, on brewday, drinking his/her beer with him/her. After all, if there is anyone who knows more about a specific beer than anyone else, it is the very person that brews it.
At the beginning of this October, Firestone Walker will be releasing its Velvet Merlin, a limited seasonal oatmeal stout, for the first time under its new name. It was previously called Velvet “Merkin” — the definition for merkin being a “pubic wig” (not quite an appropriate beer name).
Below is a video of the Brewmaster, Matt Brynildson (also known as “Merlin” among his Firestone colleagues), describing the recipe development and creation of Velvet Merlin — which is like virtually drinking with the brewmaster himself. And, you don’t need to be a beer geek to get the jist. FTW!
For more information on Velvet Merlin, tasting notes, and pairing suggestions pick up the next issue of Mutineer Magazine, hitting newsstands at the end of this month. The beer is featured in the “Cult Beer Radar” column, authored by yours truly.