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Rogue Ales Brewmaster Joel Shields Talks Hazelnut Brown Nectar

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Rogue Ales Brewmaster Joel Shields Talks Hazelnut Brown Nectar

We spoke with Rogue Ales Brewmaster Joel Shields about Hazelnut Brown Nectar.

BC: Who came up with this beer’s recipe?
The inspiration came from Chris Studach, a homebrewer who actually originated the recipe with our longtime Brewmaster John Maier, who retired in August 2019. This beer was originally brewed for the 1993 American Homebrewers Association dinner. Chris was on the original Hazelnut Brown Nectar label and each package is dedicated to Chris to celebrate the homebrewer in each of us. The label was redesigned about a year ago to convey what the product is and to bring the Pacific Northwest twist to the inside and out.  
 
BC: What’s your favorite aspect of this beer (flavor, aroma, etc.)?
The nutty, toffee flavor. 

BC: Where does this beer’s name come from?
This beer pays homage to the Oregon Hazelnut and the importance of high-quality, local ingredients. 

BC: Can you describe this beer in 10 words or less?
Hazelnut aroma, rich nutty flavor, smooth malty finish.

BC: Do you know a story – or have a personal story – that revolves around this beer?
See above. This beer celebrates the homebrewer in all of us. 

BC: What's a good food pairing for this beer?
Pork chops, bread pudding, grilled cheese sandwich.

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