The Mill City Museum will host this year’s Zen Box Ramen Attack Event on Sept. 27, and Surly Brewing Co. will have a beer celebrating the event that will pair perfectly with the Japanese food on hand.
Not Your Mommy’s Umami is a saison aged with shiitake mushrooms and kombu, better known as edible kelp. Surly’s official description of the beer is below:
“Brewed for Ramen Attack 2015, this beer highlights umami flavor notes, the savory flavor and sense of depth found in ramen. The beer uses a Belgian-style saison as its base, then adds shiitake mushrooms and kombu (a form of seaweed often used in Japanese cuisine). This combination was aged together to yield a herbal, peppery base layered with umami notes.”
The event is free to attend, but you’ll need to purchase a “passport” if you don’t want to miss out on the grub and drinks.
Our take: our writer spent some time in Japan for college, and seaweed candy, along with ramen and udon, absolutely delighted his taste buds. This is an exciting, unique flavor for a beer, and one people should be excited for.