The leaves are changing, the nights are getting cooler, and the kids are back in school. Fall is here, which means that it’s time for some autumnal beers!
Our latest offering in the brewery is a new brew for us: Ed has crafted a Sweet Potato Ale. Sweet potatoes have been a hot trend in recent years, but this is the first time we’ve tried using them in our ales. The high starch content of the sweet potato makes it a good addition to the mash – much of that starch will turn into a fermentable sugar, which the yeast just love. Besides being delicious, sweet potatoes are also full of beta carotene and fibre, not to mention vitamins A and C.
The sweet potato is a New World vegetable; archaeological research in Peru has uncovered remnants nearly 10,000 years old! It was also grown in Polynesia and eventually made its way to New Zealand, where the Māori called it the kumara. Christopher Columbus introduced the sweet potato to Europe at the turn of the sixteenth century, and they were widely consumed in the colonial United States. In fact, it ranked second only to the “Irish” (white) potato among American vegetable crops.
For those who love our Pumpkin Ale (also up for release shortly!), the Sweet Potato Ale is very similar. It’s a lovely orange-amber colour, reminiscent of…well, sweet potatoes! Sweet notes balance well with cloves, cinnamon, and other spices to make a mellow, harvest-themed beer. Come join us for a sample; we’d love to have you. 🙂
PS. Note that sweet potatoes and yams are actually different vegetables! The sweet potato has tapered ends and paler flesh, while the yam is moister, and a darker orange colour. Both, however, are delicious.