Photo Courtesy Samuel Adams
Where's the beef? It's in your beer.
Recently, chef David Burke (above, left) partnered with Boston Beer Company to create the eponymous Burke in the Bottle. While spices including ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and black pepper may strike some beer drinkers as odd, it's the final ingredient that's strangest of all -- sliced beef hearts.
"When we think of David Burke, we think of beef," says Boston Beer brewing manager Bert Boyce (say that three times fast), who helped Burke craft the beer. To stand up to the meaty character, Boyce and Burke settled on an Oktoberfest-style beer liberally sprinkled with fall spices. Then came the beef: During the brew day, Burke brought over grilled, sliced beef hearts, which were added at the end of the boil.
As for the final product, "you get this big spice hit up front, with a nice malt character," Boyce says. "The beef heart expresses itself in the finish. It's savory and salty, and hangs at the end." (Oh, yes it does: I had a taste, and the beef heart hits you in the back of the tongue with a mineral tang.)
Burke in the Bottle is currently available at David Burke restaurants.