Craft brewers draw inspiration from all sorts of unlikely culinary domains. For the nautical set, there’s oyster beers, and for stoners, there’s certainly weed-infused libations that promise a similar effect as edibles. This is to say nothing of beer made from severed bull testicles.
But the hedonists over at the Virginia-based Veil Brewing Co. had a different plan in mind when they conceived of their latest beer-experiment: a beer made with the tender love of fried chicken. A collaboration with Evil Twin Brewing, Fried Fried Chicken Chicken isn’t necessarily going to transport you to Waffle House, although it does pack a formidable amount of hoppy booze. It’s a Double IPA that registers at 8% ABV, brimming with all sorts of aromatic goodness and notes of citrus and pine.
Veil Brewing Co. debuted Fried Fried Chicken Chicken on Tuesday at its Richmond brewery and taphouse. The brew is available for a limited run in 16-ounce cans. A four pack costs $18.50 -- which is still quite a lot more than a dozen organic eggs because, hey, this is hifalutin craft beer we’re discussing. So far, the beer is only available in Richmond, Virginia.
A company rep confirms that brewers dumped some chicken tenders from Chick-fil-A into their mash to make the beer, thus forging a new relationship between poultry and the craft beer scene: