So the Phillies clinched the NL East a few days ago. No real surprise for the defending World Series Champions, just one small step on the way to repeating. I'll be sitting down around 4pm to watch them play the Marlins for this last weekend of the regular season. Let's hope they end strong. I'm even considering heading over to the stadium tomorrow for the final game--we'll see.
What else? I went over 300 posts here a few days ago and I'm up to 5 entries in my Good Stuff Series and have a handful of beers I'm thinking about for number 6. I've had a guest reviewer visit and have done a review back on his site. Apparently a few of the people that read that review were a little pissed off that my banana bread recipe didn't include pecans. Go read their generous comments! But speaking of pecans, I just got a surprise delivered to my door, complete with pecans. I'll tell you the full story another time, but one of my newest bestest friends made sure I got a few new beers.
The beer I'm speaking of is Southern Pecan brewed by Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company in Kiln, Mississippi. The label says this is the first beer in the world made with whole, roasted pecans. Then something about their great water and the Jourdan River. Southern Pecan also won the Bronze Award at the 2006 World Beer Cup in the Specialty Beer Category. Looks like I'm in for a treat!
The aroma has a nice nutty scent, yet it's also hoppy and floral, and there is nothing overpowering here. There is a really wonderful pecan flavor to open things up along with lots of roasted flavors all around my mouth. A little malt, too, but there is a great hops and citrus orange wave that balances out this beer beautifully. A smooth drinker for sure, medium body, medium carbonation. Crisp and very refreshing, you finish with a little bit of nuts left on your tongue (sorry guys).
So, Cooking Asshole, I challenge you to make a banana bread, skipping real pecans and incorporating Southern Pecan into your recipe (that's way over my skill level). And CA blog whiners, I suggested you pair my banana bread with a great stout I love, but I changed my mind. Pair it with this beer to get your pecan fix!
Diamond Shelled Pecans, 6-Ounce Bags (Pack of 4)
Southern Magnolia grandiflora -Bonsai/Oudoors- Fragrant
Philadelphia Phillies 2008 World Series Champion Monopoly