In our last blog, we discussed a few of our favorite beers that utilize unique ingredients. From peanut butter to bacon and maple syrup to ghost peppers, there are plenty of interesting things that you could add into a brew of your own. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should though, right?
At US Beer Crates, we’re big fans of experimentation, so if there’s something you’re craving that sounds like it just might work, we say go for it! After all, the worst that could happen is that you gain a bit of experience that you can use moving forward.
That’s why in today’s blog, we’ll take a look at a few ingredients you might consider adding to your next batch. Just make sure you have some of our beer crates before you get started!
Try Something New With These Ingredients
Those with discerning taste buds are sure to appreciate subtle differences in coffees just as they do in beers, so it only makes sense that if you’re just starting to experiment with different ingredients that you start with coffee beans. This is an ideal ingredient in stouts or porters, but under the right circumstances, you could certainly make something different with great results.
A hint of coconut can be a beautiful thing when it’s done just right. It might take some experimentation to get right, but with a little bit of thought, you could make something amazing with coconut. You could even try coconut with other flavors to create something truly unique.
When you need a floral note in your beer, you’d be hard pressed to beat using a bit of lavender. It smells lovely--an adverb you don’t normally hear used to describe a beer--but one sip of a beer with lavender in it and you’ll be singing its praises. A lavender IPA or lavender saison just might be the best thing you’ve ever brewed.
Lemon zest, lime zest, or orange zest might be just the thing you need to take a brew you’ve made before up to the next level. You know the feeling when you make a beer that’s pretty good, but not great? Sometimes all you need is a small tweak to take something that’s really good and turn it into something extraordinary. Zest might be just the thing.
What Are You Using Lately?
We hope that you’ve found these suggestions useful, but all we truly want is to inspire you to try something out of the ordinary next time you’re brewing up a batch of oat sodas. Of course you don’t want to store your next masterpiece in a cardboard box that’s going to turn into a soggy mess. Instead, take advantage of our plastic beer crate. It’s sturdy, easily storable, and infinitely reusable, making it a win/win for those who are passionate about brewing their own beers at home. At the end of the day, more beer and less waste is the goal and we want to help you get there. Order yours today!