Topic Archives: Cumin

Posted in Coastal Empire Brewing Co, Coming Soon

Coastal Empire Dawn Patrol Coming to Bottles

Coastal Empire Dawn Patrol

Coastal Empire Dawn Patrol Imperial Breakfast Stout is slated for bottles. The 2014 Great American Beer Festival bronze medal winner is aged for 4 weeks on coffee, raisins, ancho peppers, serano peppers, cumin, nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon. The final result is a beer that resembles a Mexican mole sauce. In total, it takes the brewery more than two months to produce.

Coastal Empire Dawn Patrol Imperial Breakfast Stout will be available in 22oz bottles. The brewery has not yet announced this bottle release.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Cumin, Allspice, Cinnamon, Peppers, Coffee, Raisins)
Availability: 22oz Bottles
Release: TBA

?? ABV 

Posted in Elysian Brewing

Elyisan Adds Spiced Pear to Oddlands Series


The newest addition to Elysian Brewing’s Oddland Series will be Spiced Pear Ale. This unique ale was brewed with pears, Yakima Cascade and Czech Saaz hops, and finished with a bit of cumin and cardamom for an exotic Asian-fusion flavor. Expect to see this starting July 15 2013 as well as at the Oregon Brewers Festival July 24-28 in Portland.

Style: Pale Ale (w/ Pear, Cumin, and Cardamom)
Availability: 22 oz bottles, Draft
Arrival: July 15, 2013

6.25% ABV

Posted in Coming Soon, Highland Brewing

Highland Replacing Cattail With Razor Wit

Highland Brewing LogoA few weeks ago, BSJ mentioned that Highland Brewing is working on a summer ale.  Unveiled today, it’s dubbed Razor Wit.    This witbier is Highland’s take on the style, brewed with ginger, grains of paradise, and cumin, in addition to the traditional coriander and orange peel.

“I love the ginger,” said head brewer Joey Justice. “Ginger can dry the beer out, and grains of paradise are sort of hot, so we started with a slightly sweeter base and more body to compensate for the spices.”

There’s a lot of flavor in this summer beer.  When you’re brewing with spices, it’s tricky.  Boil the spices, you could get off flavors.  Heating/warming gently is the way to go.

“We ground the spices, heated them in water to simulate what would happen in the boiling process, and dosed each one in a neutral beer,” said Justice. “We identified the flavors we got from each spice… and talked about how they would work together.”

Balance of flavors is key here.  Nothing extreme. Just flavorful and complex.  Razor Wit, like Little Hump, and Cold Mountain is named after a North Carolina mountain.

Style: Witbier
Hops: Hallertau Mittelfruh, Mt. Hood
Spices: Coriander, Ginger, Sweet & Bitter Orange Peel, Seeds of Paradise, Cumin

5% ABV, 25 IBUs

 For all seasonal events and hikes, Highland partners with the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC). They work to protect the NC and TN Appalachians — the world’s oldest mountains — including their unique plant and animal habitat, water, farmland and scenic beauty that is vital to Highland and the Asheville area.




Posted in Cigar City Brewing, Coming Soon

Cigar City El Murcielago For The “Year Of The Bat”

Cigar CIty El Murcielago105 days ago, Cigar City Brewing mentioned they were tequila barrel aging Double Cream Ale.  The result is El Murcielago (the bat).  They didn’t stop at tequila aging. They through in lime peel and cumin for good measure.

The bat (or “el murcielago”) had a very important role in the making of this beer. Our winged furry friends were responsible for the pollination of blue agave plants, which of course leads to tequila. That tequila was aged in barrels,and those barrels were eventually emptied and found their way to our brewery. We then Filled those barrels with a high gravity double cream ale. And to give it even more oT a southwestern kick, we added some cumin and lime peel as well. El murcielago, we tip our hat to you. 2011-2012 has been designated by the United Nations as the Year of the Bat. Go to for more information about supporting these awesome flying guys. 

Style: Cream Ale (Barrel Aged)
Availability: 750ml bottles
Arrival: TBA

?? ABV

One of each Murcielago please…



Posted in Ballast Point Brewing, Coming Soon

Ballast Point’s “Indra” Boasts Curry & Coconut

Ballast Point Indra Kunindra

Ballast Point Indra Kunindra

Ballast Point will be offering a very special San Diego collaboration with an Indian flair.  Indra Kunindra is brewed in celebration of Holiday Wine Cellar’s 46th year of buisness, established in Escondido, California in 1965.   The stores logo is depicted on the label front.  This export stout boasts some spicy ingredients, including curry spice, coconut, kaffir lime, cayenne & cumin.


San Diego is home to the greatest craft beer culture in the country.  World class breweries, beer bars, bottle shops, and home brewers make our city a beer lovers utopia.  To honor our brewing community and Holiday Wine Cellar’s 46th anniversary, Ballast Point and Holiday Wine Cellar are proud to offer a unique collaboration between home brewer and craft brewery. The result of our commemorative endeavor?  An India-style Export Stout brewed with Madras Curry and lime leaf.  Definitely not the same old-same old.  Award winning brewer Alex Tweet really pushed the limited on this one – so enjoy it, and thanks for celebrating with us!

 Availability:  220z bombers

7% ABV