Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company - KMG Gold

Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company - KMG Gold

Beer Club featured in U.S. Microbrewed Beer Club

Style:

American Blonde Ale

Country:

United States

Bottle size:

12-oz

Alcohol by Volume:

4.2%

Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company - KMG Gold

  • Alcohol by Volume: 4.2%
  • Bottle Size: 12-oz
  • Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 9
  • Serving Temperature: 35-40° F
  • Suggested Glassware: Pint Glass or Mug
  • Malts: 2-Row Pale, Corn Grits
  • Hops: Nugget, Willamette

KMG stands for Kiln Mississippi Gold, which we suppose renders the "Gold" on the label superfluous, but underscores that this is brewed as a Golden/Blonde Ale. With KMG, Lazy Magnolia set out to build a light, crisp, refreshing beer that could be enjoyed ice cold. Pouring a bright golden-straw color with good clarity and a cap of vibrant foam, this brew offers up aromas of fresh bread and hay, with some herbal, grassy notes, light spice, earth, and hints of stone fruit. On the palate, this easy-drinking beer delivers a bready core with light spice, earth, and herbal hop tones. Corn grits are employed here, which are not often used by American craft brewers, but we think it works quite well for this brew, lightening the body while providing a subtly sweet character. KMG Gold finishes quite crisp with a lingering note of grain. For pairing options, the brewery recommends pizza, buffalo wings, burgers, and pork belly. Cheers!

The Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company was founded by Mark and Leslie Henderson in 2004. Born and raised in Mississippi, the couple met in college and moved to the Gulf Coast in 2000 to pursue careers in engineering. The first steps toward the founding of Lazy Magnolia occurred one Christmas when Leslie bought Mark a homebrewing kit because she couldn't think of anything else to get him. We’ve all been there, right? You don’t know what to get someone, so you give something that YOU want, and hope for the best. Mark only got to brew one batch of beer before Leslie took over the “brewing operations,” leaving Mark to put his engineering skills to work designing new equipment, tools, and gizmos to enhance the homebrewing process. It didn't take long for this hobby to take over their house and all of their free time. “We were brewing twice every weekend, and we were giving away almost everything that we brewed to friends,” laments Leslie. The house was completely overtaken with 5-gallon glass jugs, copper heat exchangers, and bubbling buckets of beer as they refined their recipes.

Family and friends were so impressed with these homemade creations that they encouraged the couple to go pro; many even offered to invest in such a venture. So Mark and Leslie started doing some serious research to answer basic questions about the legal status of breweries in Mississippi (there were none at that point) and the potential market in the state for specialty beer. Much to their surprise, all answers came back positive. The time seemed ripe for Mississippi to join the rest of the nation in the craft beer revolution. A building was secured in September 2004 and the brewing equipment was delivered in October and fully set-up by December. The dream became a reality in January 2005, when the first batch of beer was brewed on the Lazy Magnolia system, making them the first packaging brewery in Mississippi since Prohibition. Barely up and running, Hurricane Katrina hit, briefly shutting down operations and, sadly, destroying the couples’ home, but the beer was flowing again by October.

For more information about the brewery and scheduled tours, call 228-467-2727 or check out their web site at www.lazymagnolia.com.

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