Saturday, December 24, 2016

Gila Gula Melaka Brown Ale

Craft beers are becoming increasingly popular.
 
I’ve heard beers brewed with watermelon, pumpkin, jasmine, and even a smoked beer that smells and tastes like bacon.

But now, we have a beer that has a distinctly Malaysian flavor.
 
Introducing the Gila Gula Melaka Beer, a brown ale brewed with gula melaka (palm sugar), which is available on tap in limited quantities from December 22 to 25 at Taps Beer Bar outlets in Changkat Bukit Bintang and Mont’ Kiara in Kuala Lumpur.
 
I read that  back in September, two Malaysians, Taps co-founder Mili Lim (right) and Toga Mamora, went to Tokyo, Japan to brew a beer that would have the sweet goodness of gula melaka, under the watchful eye of Taisuke Kourai from the Hitachino Brewing Lab.
 
“We wanted to brew something with a Malaysian flavor, and being Peranakan, gula melaka seemed like the ideal ingredient to use”, said Lim.
 
“We brought our own gula melaka to Tokyo because palm sugar isn’t easy to find in Japan”.
 
The Gila Gula Melaka beer contains 6% ABV, and was brewed using four types of malt (including chocolate malt), and three types of hops (Columbus, Saaz, and Kent). The gula melaka was added during the brewing process as an adjunct to give the beer a local twist.
 
So yesterday, I purposely went to the Taps Beer Bar outlet in Jalan Nagasari, KL and tried it out! 

I love the beer!




 

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