This new experimental beer comes to us from the creative mind of our very own in house design expert extraordinaire, Abby Leone. A few months back, Abby had been inundated with a ton new and existing projects to complete for us (this is still pretty much the case today), because of her willingness to efficiently take on these projects and do so with such a positive attitude, Tony offered to brew her any beer that she could dream up. Basically given the keys to the castle, Abby did not squander this unique and fun opportunity, and decided that she would like to see a peanut butter and banana themed beer. Staying true to his word, Tony got to work designing a beer that would take Abby's concept and make it a reality. This would not be the first time that we brewed with peanuts or bananas. In fact, we feature one of our more well known peanut creations each year by releasing the Uber Goober during Brewski Bash, as part or our limited pub only stout series. As for brewing with bananas, we have had a couple trials with using them in some of our "one and done" concept beers. A few of you may even remember Bananas and Blow or Bananarama? Bananas and Blow was a concept beer we attempted twice, trying to recreate the sensation of eating a chocolate covered banana while drinking a beer. One attempt used real bananas, while the other used the German Weihenstephan yeast strain, which is known for it's notable banana-like esters. Taking what he had learned from making Uber Goober and our numerous banana themed concept beers, Tony decided to base this new experimental ale around a wheat ale based recipe. This would allow him to utilize non traditional brewing ingredients (bananas and peanuts), get some additional enhanced banana-like flavoring assistance from the specialized Weihenstephan yeast strain, and have low malt flavor contributions, thanks to the sizable portion of the grain bill being delicate flavored wheat (just under 50%). The end result is a fun new concept beer that is loaded with enticing aromas and decadent flavors of peanut butter (approximately 7.2 oz of dry roasted peanuts for every gallon of beer) and bananas (approximately 6.4 oz of banana concentrate per gallon of beer). As if this excellent combination of flavors wasn't enough for Short's fans to drool over, patrons will have the option to "make it an Elvis" and add a strip of candied bacon to their glass of PB & Banana Wheat, making this the true king of beers! Seriously, I'm not making this up, this is going to blow the S'more Stout presentation out of the water.
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