French’s Moutard Beer: It’s true, I drank it, and I must tell you about it

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Oskar Blues and French’s Mustard came together and made this possible.

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I’ll try any beer. Chilean beer. Glitter beer. Beer with coffee and maple syrup. Dill pickle beer. And now mustard beer. Yes, the same as you spread on a sandwich.

Colorado Brewery Oskar Blues (from Dale’s Pale Ale) has partnered with iconic condiment brand French’s Mustard to create a concoction billed as a “tropical wheat beer brewed with French mustard and other natural flavors”.

I like mustard. I like beer. Loved Oskar Blues’ dearly departed Priscilla wheat beer (how about bringing it back, all of you?). All the signs were to go so I ordered a six pack of French mustard beer on Saturday and it arrived (hot) by mail on Wednesday.

After chilling the cans for hours, I was ready. I opened the top and sniffed it. Mustard and fruity with a touch of citrus on the nose. It smelled like a summer picnic. I poured it into a flared glass where the scents asserted themselves more strongly.

Yes, this is exactly the color I expected for a mustard beer.

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This is where I must stop for a moment. You might think you are mentally prepared for mustard beer. You may have rationalized it and asserted its right to exist. But that won’t prepare you for the experience of actually drinking it.

“Oh, that’s weird,” was the first thing I said. It tasted like drinking a hot dog and a fruit salad at the same time. The emphasis is on acidity rather than sweetness, which was a smart move.

Oskar Blues gave some tasting notes which evoked “notes of lime, lemon, tangerine and passion fruit”. These were all there, but so was the distinctive flavor of French. Mustard floated through my sinuses with every sip.

But French’s Mustard Beer is currently sold out online, Oskar Blues made a homemade recipe available (PDF link). It involves a lot of mashed fruit and a fair amount of French, in case you were wondering.

I desperately wish I had another can of this Bosque Brewing pickle to go with my mustard beer.

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With the rise of craft beer across the globe, we’ve also seen many daring taste explorations, including fried chicken beer, brain beer and fluffy beer.

One of my recent favorite weird beers is from Albuquerque, New Mexico Bosque Brewery. They made a pickle beer which tasted exactly the same. Would have been perfect with mustard beer. Or maybe I’m crazy.

I will have no problem tweaking the sixer mustard beer, but my plans for the future are to work in some food and food pairings. This is where I think it will shine. Beer came with a recipe for sausages and onions with mustard and beer, which seems to provide a useful counterweight to the lemon-lime harmonics.

I’m not yet convinced that the combination of tropical citrus and beer mustard has been a huge success. It was a bold choice, but I would have been interested in an even bolder choice: all mustard, no compromise.

Give me a French mustard beer. Maybe a bold version. Don’t temper it. Do not apologize. Make it a liquid and sparkling mustard. I will drink it. I promise.

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