Lost Province Brewing Company To Tap One Firkin of Local Ginseng, Honey and Green Tea Cream Ale Friday

Published Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 4:48 pm
Lost Province owner and head brewer Andy Mason (right) and brewer Aaron Maas stand in front of the firkin of brew.

Lost Province owner and head brewer Andy Mason (right) and brewer Aaron Maas stand in front of the firkin of brew.

By Jesse Wood

Jan. 7, 2015. The Lost Province Brewing Company will tap one firkin of its latest creation – a local ginseng, green tea and honey infused cream ale – on Friday at 5 p.m.

10926394_1567024970175879_8142866649755538326_nA firkin is a British-style cask, and the evening of the tapping is being dubbed Freakin’ Firkin Friday. Pints of the creation are $4, and only 12.6 gallons of the cream ale was produced.

As Lost Province brewer Aaron Maas said, “Come and get it while it lasts.”

Lost Province owner and head brewer Andy Mason said the idea came about while talking to Watauga County Extension Director Jim Hamilton. The ginseng came from Travis Cornett of High Country Ginseng, a local commercial producer of ginseng.

With the ginseng being local and ginseng’s “purported medicinal properties,” Mason said he thought it would be a neat idea. Neither Mason or Maas can recall tasting or even hearing about another brew using ginseng.

“I’ve never heard of it, but it doesn’t mean it can’t be done,” Mason said. “We thought this would be a very, very interesting combination, and putting it together, the flavors seemed to meld really well.”

For more information, check out Lost Province Brewing Company at 130 N. Depot Street in downtown Boone. Call the restaurant and bar at 828-265-3506 or click to its website here.

Lost Province Brewing Company opens at 11 a.m. seven days a week. It closes at 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and Sunday at 9 p.m.

 

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Maas and Mason re-enact tapping the firkin of brew.

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Maas and Mason in the brewery room of Lost Province.

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Maas and Mason hold the firkin of brew.

 

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