By David Diehl
As per Keuka Brewing Company’s head brewer Mark Musso, the Fat Stack Maple Pecan Porter is the perfect Saturday morning beer. So, you should probably head over to the tasting room or your local Wegman’s to pick up a four pack to pair with tomorrow’s pancakes.
“I am a glutton for pancakes,” Musso admits. “And I love pecans on the pancakes. So, what better beer to make than that, right?”
And agreeably, what better beer to drink?
Keuka Brewing’s porter uses local syrup, and through the conditioning process of the brew, a pecan flavor is developed and a light mouthfeel is achieved—and yet there’s still a nice alcohol warmth.
“The maple syrup is really driving that ABV (Alcohol By Volume) up,” says Musso. “The syrup is produced by Rocky Ridge Syrup Farm out of Cheshire on the west side of Canandaigua Lake. So the yeast gets in there [during fermentation], and starts eating the syrup up, and you know, syrup… sugar… right into alcohol.”
“You get a lot of that nice sweet, syrup on the nose and it finishes a toasty, roasty, robust porter,” concludes Musso.
keukabrewingcompany.com, 8572 Briglin Rd, Hammondsport, NY 14840
It was always a goal for David Diehl to return to the Finger Lakes and make an imprint on the beer culture of the region. A Hobart & William Smith Colleges graduate, Diehl spent over a decade in Brooklyn and is excited to be back and taking on Finger Lakes craft beer reviews and commentaries for EdibleFingerLakes.com. He has also been published in Inked Magazine, YRB Magazine, Nerve.com, and The Finger Lakes Times. You can follow his work at FLXWORDS.com.