Dallas has few diversions other than eating, drinking and shopping.....and shopping does not interest us.
So we spend our time hopping from restaurant to restaurant and to every pub that we can find in search of the perfect meal and the perfect beer.

We randomly review restaurants and bars, dishes and beers at whim and give our brutally honest opinions of our findings. And while we concentrate on Dallas, we travel far and wide to sample cuisine from all regions of the country and beyond.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Beer Review - Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale

Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale - 5.5% ABV

This find was an unanticipated pleasant surprise.  Ah, Mississippi, capitol of the dirty south, known for .....a ......Elvis(?) and not much more, and certainly not know for it's breweries.  Frankly, beer crafting in the southern U.S. is not up to par with the advances in quality that most of the country is enjoying and I have yet to find a beer made in the south that I would care to keep in the fridge. 

Hopefully the Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company is the beginning of new things in Southern brewing. 
Located in Kiln, Mississppi in a nondescript metal building, in an industrial park next to an airport you will find Mark and Leslie Henderson cranking out some dandy beers.  You don't need to waste time trying to find it, there is no pub and you can't buy beer directly from them thanks to retarded Mississippi state laws that mirror the brainless Texas beer laws.  But you do need to take the time, if you are passing through their relatively small distribution area, to find and buy this beer and bring it home, bring lots home.
The Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale is the first beer (to the best of their knowledge) to use whole roasted pecans in the brewing process.  It is a clear brown with a white head that doesn't persist and leaves nice lacing.  The smell is of nuts (duh) and sweet malts.  The beer pours like a lager which leads you to believe that it will be weak and flavorless like most of the other beers produced in the area (think Abita).  BUT, then you taste and are blown away by the complexity of flavors.  It is much like an English brown ale but with huge depth added with the use of the pecans.  It is a really easy to drink beer, kind of sweet, kind of malty, maybe a hint of caramel.
You can bet that my next road trip through the dirty south I will be planning how to get several of cases of this lovely home with me.

Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
7030 Roscoe Turner Road Kiln, MS 39556
Phone: (228) 467-2727

1 comment:

  1. Addendum - Response from the brewer:

    Hi Bon,

    Thanks for the good review of our Southern Pecan. It definitely is the favorite among our consumers and has actually won awards! Next time you're in the area we'd love for you to come by and take a tour and try all five of our delicious brews at a local cafe.

    Kathryn Corr
    Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company