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
- famous candies: York Peppermint Patty, candy canes, starlight breath mints
- 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.