Rimming Your Beer

So, I was at the Beer Bourbon and BBQ festival in Manhattan a few weeks ago. I know, I didn’t write a review of it, but that’s because I was there working. Luckily, I did get some time to stroll around and try a few things. While I was there, I spotted something unique and delicious and need to share it with you!

When I go to festivals, I usually steer clear of beers I’ve had before or that are readily available at my local watering holes. This time was different. Directly across from where I was working there was the Blue Moon station. I used to love Blue Moon. It was easy to drink, usually pretty cheap, and I was totally cool drinking my ‘craft beer.’ I now know that Blue Moon technically is not a craft beer as they are owned by MillerCoors. Sorry to everyone who didn’t know this and just had their day ruined, but I digress. Blue Moon was right across from me and doing something strange to the sampler glasses as people came over, so I had to check it out. They were serving their classic ‘Belgian White’ as well as a beer I hadn’t had before, their Winter Abbey Ale. It’s not a terrible beer honestly, but what made it awesome was that they rimmed the glass in cinnamon sugar for your tasting enjoyment, much like a salt-rimmed margarita.

rimmed beer

Wait a minute. Rimming beers? Whaaaaaaaaa?!?!

It ruled. Their Abbey Ale has hints of caramel so the cinnamon sugar was just an added bonus. Personally, I can’t wait to start trying some beer rimming combinations on my own. I mean seriously, why haven’t I seen this sooner? Why aren’t bars doing this? Imagine your favorite pumpkin beer generously rimmed with cinnamon sugar or a chocolate stout rimmed in cocoa or strawberry sugar crystals? I’m sure there’s even a beer we can rim in salt. My mouth is watering thinking of the flavorful combinations that could be meeting my lips in the near future.

So, what do you think? Rim your beer or not?

7 Comments on Rimming Your Beer

  1. I must say, I’m definitely anti-rim. It seems to have become a popular addition with pumpkin beers (I saw a rim once that was actually lined with crushed pie crust).
    For me, this doesn’t enhance the beer, rather it detracts from it. If I wanted a pumpkin pie, I’d have a slice. And when I want a beer, I want a beer in a clean glass, the rim free of cinnamon that makes your mouth all gummy and dry, because at the end of the day, the beer should sing on its own.

    • Thank you so much for your contribution! I have never seen this until a few weeks ago so it’s interesting to know that some bars are actually doing this. I agree with you on the mouth feel, especially if they use pie crust. That would be a little strange, but I can see where they got the concept. I also agree that beers should sing on their own, but many bars are starting to also do some dry hopping additions which, in my opinion, enhances beers. Nothing wrong with that!

  2. I also have seen some bars rimming pumpkin ales with brown sugar. I didn’t try it, but some people really seemed to enjoy it. The dry-hopping sounds interesting; definitely more up my alley! Keep up the good work, ladies!!!

  3. I’m going to my favorite “restaurant” for Trivia Night, and I’ll see if Amanda (my favorite bartender) has any ideas for rimming the glass. Then I’ll give you an opinion. Probably in a whole lot of words …

  4. I’ve waited an entire year to get pumpkin beer on tap, rimmed sugar. The twist was the Bar I went to rimmed the pint glass with Carmel and brown sugar, cinnamon mixture. It left such an impression on me, my mouth has been watering ever since!!

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