Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Peppermint Porter, just in time for Christmas

image This Wednesday at 4PM we’ll release the next beer in our Wednesday Porter Series….a Peppermint Porter.  Wow, I snuck a taste and am elated on how great it tastes.  No candy or artificial flavorings in this beer…I took organic peppermint tea (leaf cut) and sanitized it in a little water (making a strong tea) and added to the Porter.   Definitely a beer that Kris Kringle would like!  For those that want to learn some trivial facts about Peppermint…read on.

  • Peppermint is actually a hybrid of the watermint and spearmint plants
  • it is a perennial that is easily propagated with rhizomes, beer lovers should be familiar with rhizomes.
  • the flowers are purple (funny because not many peppermint candies are colored purple…)
  • one word: menth (plant contains: menthol, menthone, menthyl esters (acetate), menthofuran)
  • also contains eucalptol and pinene (which is present in some hop varieties)
  • medicinally was used for indigestion, vomiting, diarrhea, cancer treatment, memory loss, IBS and other abdominal pains
  • medicinally is also used to treat halitosis…LOL!
  • Peanut’s character Peppermint Patty’s real name is Patricia Reichardt

Uses for Peppermint besides putting in beer:

  • Candy, cookies, ice cream and other confections
  • GUM! remember Beech-nut or Freedent?
  • toothpaste flavoring
  • candles, air fresheners and other smelly things
  • there are 344 recipes posted on cooks.com for peppermint recipes
  • schnapps!  Those Germans love their Rumplemintz
  • what other uses do you know of?

Who doesn’t love Peppermint!  come down and get some York Sherpa Porter Patty, or something like that.


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