Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company - Southern Pecan
- ABV: 4.5%
- Bottle Size: 12-oz
- Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 20
- Serving Temperature: 45-50º F
- Suggested Glassware: Pint Glass or Mug
- Malts: Caramel Malt, Maris Otter, Wheat, Roasted Pecans
- Hops: Nugget, Willamette
Southern Pecan is the flagship brew for Lazy Magnolia, and really helped put them on the map. The brewery says this World Beer Cup bronze medal winner is the first beer made with whole roasted pecans. Other brewers have used pecans, but this is the only beer to use them in the grain bill, meaning the pecans get partially fermented in the brewing process and contribute to the core flavors of the beer rather than being an afterthought for adding aroma. Upfront, it smells fairly sweet and nutty, with a hint of plum, gingerbread dough, and a smidge of citrusy hops. We found plenty of malt on the nose, but a nicely balanced beer overall. Because the pecans are used as a fermentable agent (and not simply a flavoring), there’s not a heaping dose of pecan on the palate, though there is a restrained pecan note, amplifying the nuttiness and caramel tones of this brown ale and adding a delicate sharpness to the palate. The beer starts on the sweeter side but this is tempered by hop bitterness and a faintly woody, almost ashy, tobacco-like, tannic character, all hugged by a gentle citrus note and some final breaths of roastiness. The brewery recommends pairing with steak and burgers, as well as chocolate if you’re up for something more dessert-ish. We also think it pairs nicely with Edam cheese. 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 couple's home, but the beer was flowing again by October.
For more information about the brewery and scheduled tours, check out their web site at www.lazymagnolia.com.
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