I have a friend who moved to New York earlier this year. Once I asked him, “Why do you want to move to New York so badly?” He replied, “Because New York has everything.” At the time, I took it to mean that the city had everything he wants. Today I found out that he meant it literally, because New York is getting a truffle beer.
According to The New York Post, the new craft brew – that can be yours for a mere $120 a bottle — comes from Chicago-based brewery Moody Tongue, which specializes in what they call “culinary brewing.” Brewmaster Jared Rouben, who previously worked as a chef, tells The Post about the unusual beer, “I had the opportunity to use one of the best ingredients in the world. It’s like being given the keys to a race car.”
Dubbed Moody Tongue’s Shaved Black Truffle Pilsner, the beer is exactly what it claims to be: a classic German Pilsner infused with freshly shaved black truffle, which were shaved by Rouben himself.
But perhaps the biggest curiosity is the phrase “culinary brewing.” The Moody Tongue website offers this description: “a new genre that forges a connection between brewing and cooking.” How does it do that? Don’t worry, there’s an answer to that, too! “Rouben taps his culinary background to develop exceptional beers by cooking with grains, seasoning with hops, and enhancing flavor profiles with fresh produce, herbs and spices.” In other words, “culinary brewing” is just like brewing, with an adjective attached.
If you’re looking to get your hands on a bottle of the artisanal, hand crafted, free-range, gourmet (I can do it, too!) Black Truffle Pilsner, or if you’re just tired of money, the Moody Tongue is currently striking deals with some of New York’s most prestigious restaurants to serve the world’s greatest fancy beer.