In the Greater Toronto Area, Mill Street Brewery’s Lemon Tea Beer—which is infused with orange pekoe and earl grey teas— is a summer patio favourite. Brewmaster Joel Manning actually cold-brews the tea in the beer, and you can too!
Infusing beer with tea can change the flavour, infuse the health benefits of tea, and add boost of caffeine.
To Make Tea Infused Beer:
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Use a tea infuser and cold brew the tea in the beer for about five minutes (longer if you want it stronger!).
– Crimson Sunset: This herbal blend of hibiscus, rosehip, blackberry leaves, peppermint, melissa balm, limetree petals, safflower petals and cinnamon would complement a light lager.
– Lemon Ginger: Try infusing an American Pale Ale with this tea for a little extra spunk.
– Green lime cooler: Try infusing your Mexican-style lager with this tea!
– Energizer-Kapha: This tea’s flavours of orange peel, cinnamon, ginger, red pepper, cardamom, berry leaves, basil and green Rooibos would be great infused in an unfiltered wheat beer.
– Cream of Avalon: Creamy caramel, oil of bergamot and grapefruit notes complement amber ales.
Enjoy on a patio! Will you give this a try?
If you live in Durham Region or surrounding area, Melissa’s blog, The ‘Burbs & The Beers, has an up-to-date list of the breweries that are popping up in our area. Be sure to check them out when you are crafting your summertime infusions.