Brew Review: Celebrating National Mustard Day a Whole New Way — Oskar Blues/French’s

​Found as a staple in any pantry, mustard is a common condiment that gets its own recognition this weekend with National Mustard Day set for this Saturday.

In 2019, French’s Mustard teamed with Coolhaus to create a Mustard Ice Cream to celebrate the event. This year, the veteran company is joining forces with Oskar Blues to create a tropical Wheat Ale, Mustard Beer, in honor of the national holiday.

​Much like an episode of Chopped or Guy’s Grocery Games … ​the Oskar Blues team was given an ingredient that isn’t usually tied to a​ dish​ normally but ​they found a way to showcase it without it sticking out like a sore thumb.

French’s Mustard Beer ​was infused with ​a puree of ​key lime, lemon, tangerine, and passion fruit to create a tart, refreshing match for the bright and bold zip of ​French’s ​Classic Yellow Mustard​, which was added in the secondary at three ounces of yellow mustard per gallon in secondary before canning and kegging​.

​Brewer held two informal blind taste tests over the past few days. More than a half dozen consumers that considered themselves average craft beer aficionados couldn’t pick out the French’s signature yellow mustard flavor on the first sip. The brightness of the citrus took centerstage at first​ instead. Many said it was a refreshing drink and there weren’t any lingering flavors.

Once the bright yellow can was unveiled with the French’s Mustard Beer logo showing up, jaws would drop. After knowing what they were tasting, all said the classic zing of the yellow mustard was there.

“We’re stoked on bold flavors at Oskar Blues Brewery and we never shy away from a challenge,” said Oskar Blues Head Brewer, Juice Drapeau​, in a press release​. “With French’s Mustard Beer we elevated the Classic Yellow Mustard flavor with tangy lemon and lime to create a tropical ​Wheat ​Ale I’d pair with a loaded hot dog on the hottest day of the year.”

​The brewery officially announced the limited edition beer on Wednesday morning. French’s Mustard Beer will be available to order through the online platform, CraftShack, starting this Saturday, August 1, as well as in Oskar Blues taprooms in Boulder and Longmont, Colorado and Brevard, North Carolina.

To help promote the limited edition product, the companies have created MustardBeer.com, which showcases a video of the creation of the beer along with a homebrew recipe for those that would like to try to make it themselves, as well as five new summer recipes, pairing French’s mustards with well-loved Oskar Blues originals.

Those include Mustard Beer Basted Sausages with Onions, Beer & Mustard Marinated Flank Steak, Bacon Honey Mustard Beer Bread, Scotch Ale Beer Cheese, and Pale Ale & Mustard BBQ Pulled Chicken.​

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