Evan Kleiman, the always-comforting voice behind KCRW's radio program Good Food, reigns as Southern California's queen of pie. For five years in a row, she's pledged to bake a pie a day throughout the entire summer. Her Easy As Pie app made iTunes Best of 2012 list of iPad cooking apps. And she presides over the annual Good Food Pie Contest, otherwise known as warm, flaky heaven.
Her latest venture: pie beer. Kleiman collaborated with The Bruery to create a recipe that replicates the flavors of rhubarb raspberry pie. Mmmmmm.
Here's how the brewers describe it:
“The recipe encourages sweetness balanced by tartness, intense fruit character, and a 'graham cracker-like crust' flavor. The high gravity, high mash temperature and choice of specialty malts encourages residual sweetness, while the rhubarb and semi-wild wood fermentation will encourage tartness. The yeast selection will also add other fruit-like elements, and the esters will add to the perception of sweetness. Additional blending may occur prior to packaging to either encourage additional sweetness or tartness.”
Kleiman tells the story of how the whole project began on the Good Food blog. Right now, the beer is aging in barrels so you won't be able to have a glass just yet. In the meantime, you can help name the beer and check out the recipe for the pie that started it all.