DBB – Leinenkugel’s, Fireside Nut Brown

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Leinenkugel’s – Fireside Nut Brown

4.9 abv (a little weak)

I was wandering around the liquor store when I saw an interesting looking beer called Fireside Nut Brown by Leinenkugel’s. I’ve always thought about Leinenkugel’s as a wheat beer brewer. So I decided to try it out and I picked up a 6-pack.

I’ve always been a fan of the Nut Brown style, New South Nut Brown, is one very good example, and Englishman’s Nut Brown was the first (and one of my favorites) Mr. Beer recipe that I’v made. Of course, then I saw saw that it said “Beer With Natural Flavor” on the front, I’m wondering why they had to specify that. 

Fireside Nut Brown pours with a nice amber color, and it has a smokey scent and a sweet malty flavor with just a hint of vanilla. I’m not sure how I feel about this beer, it does have a interesting smokeyness, but it’s probably my least favorite of the holiday beers I’ve reviewed so far. According to their site:

“While the star of this holiday seasonal is the roasted malt character, the well-balanced flavor and brilliant amber tones give Leinenkugel’s Fireside Nut Brown a comforting approachability that you don’t experience in traditional English-style nut browns. English two-row malts give this lager a maple aroma and pronounced chocolate , caramel and hazelnut top notes that dance around the palate before finishing gracefully.”

Jacob Leinenkugel and John Miller opened the Spring Brewery in May of 1867 in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. They survived prohibition by producing Soda Water in the ’20s. 

“Today Leinenkugel’s brews 7 year-round and 4 seasonal brews and is distributed in over 38 states, but primarily in the Upper Midwest. The Leinie Lodge, which was established to welcome Leinenkugel Beer lovers throughout the country, has a membership of 175,000. There’s a new hospitality center, appropriately named the Leinie Lodge, to welcome visitors. Last year 40,000 people took the tour of the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company sampled the “Flavor of the Northwoods,” and discovered the 140-year-old brewing tradition firsthand.”