Pulses by the Pint: Regina-Based Brewery Offers New, Offbeat Ale


lentil cream aleWith brews like Prairie Cherry Mead, Oatmeal Stout and Pink Ribbon Hibiscus Ale, it should come as no surprise that Rebellion Brewing has successfully created and marketed a new brew, this time, with pulses.

“We are always looking to push the boundaries of craft-brewing, finding new, delicious flavours,” said Mark Heise, brewmaster and vice-president of Rebellion Brewing.

And Lentil Cream Ale definitely pushes traditional boundaries, using 20% home-grown, King Red lentils.

“With the United Nations declaring 2016 the International Year of Pulses, new and interesting uses for pulses, particularly lentils in this case, we believe will raise the profile and awareness of pulses to consumers,” said Murad Al-Katib, president and CEO of AGT Foods.

Rebellion Brewing’s Mark Heise, in conversation with Debra Murphy, in downtown Saskatoon. 

“When Rebellion first tested Lentil Cream Ale, it was interesting to watch those trying it for the first time,” said Al-Katib. “You should have seen the looks on faces when we revealed that this beer contained lentils. They loved it. We are very happy to be supporting this project.”

The ale is described as light, crisp and refreshing.

It is pale yellow in colour and naturally hazy like an unfiltered wheat beer. There is a subtle earthiness from the lentils that compliments the crisp graininess of the barley. The bitterness and hop flavour is restrained, but drinkers will find a refreshing lemon citrus note from the clean ale yeast. Lentil Cream Ale not only proves that great beer can be made from lentils, but refreshing light beer can also have flavour. – www.lentilbeer.com

If you’re interested in giving the ale a try, you can find it in Regina and Saskatoon. 

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