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If you’re googling how to enrich beer, or “what is enriched beer?” It’s likely you’ve been watching It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. In the “The Gang Solves the North Korea Situation” episode a rival bar is described as serving “enriched beer”.
Hell I don’t like to think I’ve not got bases covered when it comes to both brewing and drinking beer, so “enriched beer” piqued my interest too, until…
I realised it was a joke about North Korea with reference to enriching uranium. Doh!
But this did get me thinking!
In the sphere of wine making, “enriching” could also by synonymous with “fortifying” your wine.
The concept of bringing something a little more experimental to the table in homebrewing beer is definitely something I’m going to be looking into – even if the idea was born out of a joke about enriched beer!
What enriched beer isn’t!
Enriched beer isn’t beer which has had a slice of fruit added to it – before you go down that road!
I suppose in theory, you could say adding anything to a beer that’s been brewed (home brewed of course) could be a form of “enhancement” based on the drinkers taste.
Light beers like Corona are almost universally served with a wedge of lime stuffed in the neck of the bottle – and that “does it” for some.
BUT, whether this is an enhancement of flavor or an improvement based on your tastes – I’m sorry to say this isn’t enriching beer!
What Could Enriching Beer Mean?
In theory, enriching beer could refer to the enhancement of beer flavors before, during or after home brewing. In which case, we’re all beer enriching experts in the beerhead homebrew community!
Until next time!