I Like Swine – Woodstock Inn Pig’s Ear Brown Ale

Woodstock Inn Pig’s Ear Brown Ale – 4.3% ABV

Pig’s Ear Brown Ale? Sounds like soul food. I don’t know, I like southern cuisine, but beer and pork go together well only when they’re separate. I’ve had bacon flavored beer before and it was, well, “interesting.” That’s about all I can say on that one. My contemporaries were not so kind in their assessment.

Received in a recent shipment of brews from my Beer of the Month club, this new brew made me a little apprehensive at first. I’ve heard of interesting recipe combinations when it comes to incorporating animals and beer. For instance, I’ve heard there is a beer out there that is brewed with Rocky Mountain Oysters, aka bull testicles. No thanks, I’ll pass. Thankfully with this offering, I’ve had beer from Woodstock Inn before and I did some research to find no animals were used in the brewing of this beer. Amen to that, I say; even if I am a fan of pork and bacon. So what is it about this beer? Seems like a pretty straight-forward brown ale. Let’s get into it and find out.

The pour reveals a clear ruby red/brown color and produces a nice finger and half of light tan colored head. This slowly fades to a thin layer of cream above the brew. Lowering my nose to the glass gives me the ole’ factory stimulation of dark malts, caramel and a touch of chocolate and nuts. This seems appealing enough, let’s dive in.

Getting my first sip of Pig’s Ear Brown, the nose really translates into the taste. Caramel, chocolate and that nuttiness one would expect from a brown ale. The body is medium and the mouthfeel is fairly creamy. This is pretty nicely carbed, not overly so, but not flat either. Plenty of soapy streaks of lacing get left behind as I gulp this down.

Verdict? Me likey. Not a bad brew at all, even if it is a lawnmower/session beer. I really like it when I can find beers from obscure places and small microbreweries that please my palate. This gives me hope when combined with stats that the macro breweries are doing everything they can not to lose any more business to these smaller upstarts. Here’s to the little guy! If you can find Pig’s Ear Brown, give it a shot. Hope you like it. I did. Cheers!


Woodstock Inn Brewery Pig’s Ear Brown Ale

About Jason M

Texas Style - Having grown up down south, I've grown an appreciation for the "bigger is better" mantra. Bigger and bolder flavor is something I crave in my beers. Some people are hop-heads, all they drink are IPA's and other hoppy beers. Others are big on wheat beers. Some like it dark. Me? I'm an all-the-above kind of guy. I've had a love for all varieties since I was young and that has not changed. Good beer is good beer.

I'm constantly seeking out the latest and greatest new variety, because despite having an old-time favorite beer, drinking the same old flavors over and over gets old. That being said, I've got to try something new, explore my boundaries. After all, variety is the spice of life, no?

Favorite Beers - Unibroue La Fin du Monde, Founders Backwoods Bastard, Schlafly Oak Aged Barleywine

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  1. Hey Jason.
    I was just wondering if they tell you the kind of hops that they use? Roger and I went on a walking brewery tour in Boulder last Saturday and we couldn’t help tasting everything we could get our hands on. At the Walnut Brewery, on Walnut St.(duh!), their brown was super light colored with a roasty flavor. Not very hoppy. It was also a good session beer, but when the Red is darker than the Brown it makes me think that they should add a little more grain, just for color. A nice drinker, just light. They make Buffalo Gold, which has always been a go to beer for me in the summertime. I went to five breweries this week and I found something for you to try if you can get your hands on it. It’s called “Wake Up Dead” by Lefthand Brewery in Longmont, CO. It’s an Imperial Russian Stout that smacks you upside the head with flavor. I hope you’re well and congrats on the coming nuptuals.

  2. From their website: Pigs Ear Brown Ale won Grand National Champion for brown ales at the United States Beer Tasting Championships in 2004 and 2006. Medium bodied with a balance of roasted and crystal malts creating a hearty nutty flavor. Medium bitterness with a slightly sweet finish.

    No idea about the hops in this one. Will have to look into that. Also gonna look for those brews you mentioned. I’ve heard of Wake Up Dead, just haven’t gotten my hands on it. Thanks for the well-wishes. We’re looking forward to it, one of these days… lol

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