Sunday Brews: Lazy Magnolia’s Southern Pecan And Indian Summer

April 18, 2010

Clare Goggin

Until 2003, Mississippi had not had a brewery to call their own since the days of Prohibition. But Mark and Leslie Henderson changed all that when they founded and opened Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company in Kiln. By 2004, the company had a physical location and two years later, they won a bronze medal at the World Beer Cup for their Southern Pecan, a nut brown ale.

Thanks to a beer of the month club that I was entered into as a gift from family, two beers from this unique southern brewery showed up at my door step: the award-winning Southern Pecan and a seasonal Indian Summer spiced ale. And, on this lazy Sunday afternoon, I thought it only fitting to pop open a couple of bottles of Lazy Magnolia and give them a try.

Southern Pecan: The Original Pecan Nut Brown Ale
An English brown ale style brew, this particular beer is the first beer in the world to be made with whole, roasted pecans. In a glass, the brown ale reveals a tint of red and the aroma is sweet with a hint of caramel — reminding me of the aromas wafting from the street-side roasted pecan carts you often find on New York City streets. The caramel also carries over into the flavor, which is on the sweet, maltier side.

While I tend to shy away from sweet brews, I felt that this one earned the sweetness by balancing it with a dry finish. And it seems fitting that a southern brew would offer up a sweetness that you might find with a Southern Belle. At 4.25% ABV, this is a beer that you could easily enjoy on any lazy Sunday afternoon.

Beer Goggins Rating: 16/20

Indian Summer Spiced Wheat Ale
This American pale wheat ale has a bit of a spicy twist. It certainly pours like your average wheat ale, with a golden color. But the spice comes out in the aroma almost immediately. Citrus and hops combine to produce a spicy bite for the flavor. Orange is a prominent element, providing the tang that makes this brew really stand out. A mildly bitter and sweet aftertaste follows.

As a complement to summer, the brew really achieves a great lightness that makes you want to sit in a rocking chair on a porch, fanning away the humid heat. I definitely think this is a beer made with the southerner in mind. This one is also low on the alcohol, topping out at 4.60% ABV, which means you could probably have a few of these and still be able to see straight.

Beer Goggins Rating: 14/20

2 Responses to Sunday Brews: Lazy Magnolia’s Southern Pecan And Indian Summer

  1. April 21, 2010 at 9:26 am

    I love pecans. I’ll be on the lookup for Lazy Magnolia.

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