Food & Drink

Going Rogue

A Beer That Tastes Like Donuts

None Bacon.

Not much left to say on the subject.

It’s been infused into your donuts at this point.

So your beer really never stood a chance.

Take a small sip of Rogue Bacon Maple Ale, a bold fusion of donuts, bacon, syrup and alcohol that is with us, for better or worse, and is creeping its way onto taps and into pink bottles now.

Let’s not beat around the bush. It’s beer in the most fundamental way: hops, yeast, alcohol, time. All of these are present. But there’s also the unmistakable presence of the fruits of a Vermont maple, fused with smoky, delicious sides of pork. Plus: notes of Homer Simpson’s workaday snack, courtesy of Portland, Oregon’s notorious Voodoo Doughnut.

But come on: as Jeff Goldblum once told us all in a little film called Jurassic Park, just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should. So we’re not sure how we feel about this stuff: it tastes exactly, almost eerily, like it claims to—like a maple bacon donut. Not the most life-changing thing our brave lab technicians have ever tried, but hey, if that’s your thing, we won’t stop you.

Though we’ve always taken you for a donut beer purist.

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