Culinary Brewing With Truffles At $50 Per 12-Ounce Bottle

Moody Tongue brewmaster Jared Rouben calls his craft “culinary brewing.” Has the Chicago-based brewer gone too far with a beer infused with black truffles costing $50 for a 12-ounce bottle?

Last month, Moody Tongue released its latest batch of Shaved Black Truffle Pilsner which it first brewed in 2014 but had not been available in bottles since. Besides bottles, the truffle pilsner is also available on draft for $20 in a champagne flute at Moody Tongue’s tasting room, The Bar, and its 28-seat fine-dining restaurant run by 10-time Michelin-starred executive chef Jared Wentworth.

“This beer is my favorite creation, and truffles are my favorite ingredient,” says Rouben. “I was incredibly excited when we were approached by the Truffle & Wine Company (now Australia’s Truffle Hill) in 2014 to explore showcasing black truffles within beer. Guests typically experience this ingredient on a plate with food, and I was given the opportunity to showcase truffles in an entirely new medium. Shaved Black Truffle Pilsner is a perfect representation of our culinary brewing philosophy.”

Rouben says his primary goal when making the beer is to let the truffles shine.

“Pilsners, while difficult to create, are delicate and balanced,” he explains. “Much like a chef might showcase truffles in a pasta dish, my goal was to showcase the truffles within a style that would not overwhelm — but enhance — the truffles’ flavors and aromatics.”

The beer was made with a moderate ABV — 5.0% — that’s appropriate for a German-style pilsner.

“More importantly we would not want the flavor of alcohol to overwhelm the flavor of the truffles,” Rouben says. “Truffles are a very delicate ingredient, and it was important to create a beer that allows the focus to remain on the truffles.”

More than 100 pounds of truffles from Truffle Hill, based in Manjimup, Western Australia, were used in the brewing process for about 300 gallons of beer. Truffle Hill says its truffles are used by Michelin-starred chefs and featured on restaurant menus in numerous countries in Europe, Asia and the USA.

Moody Tongue’s black truffle beer pairs well with many dishes, including seared scallops, roasted beef tenderloin and homemade pasta with brown butter, Rouben says.

“We serve a special in The Bar which pairs the Shaved Black Truffle Pilsner with our braised rabbit cavatelli with shaved black truffles on top,” he says. “Personally, I really enjoy this beer with a grilled bone-in ribeye.”

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