Smoked Beer Mac and Cheese

Did you know that there is such a thing as a smoked beer? I had no idea. Luckily, when I told my beer expert, Xavier, that I wanted something smoky for a dish, he knew what to recommend right away. Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen is a smoked beer from a Bamburg, Germany brewery by the name of Brauerei Heller-Trum or more famously known as Schlenkerla. Now that’s a lot of German words I don’t understand. What I also don’t understand is, how in the hell do you smoke a beer? So I looked up some of the words. “Aecht” means original or true. “Rauchbier” is a style of smoked beer where the malt is dried over an open flame, usually from burning beechwood, which gives it that smoky flavor. “Märzen” describes how, in the old times, the beer was brewed in March (the brewing season) and stored in the cellar over Spring and Summer in order to keep it cool. From these findings, I deduced that Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen is an original smoked beer from Schlenkerla in Bamberg, Germany that is of the Märzen style. Whew!

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