Year of New Beer: Vanilla Bean Baba Yaga, Ethereal Brewing Co (Lexington)

Written By: Dion on 05/11/2019

Let's face it...there's not much left to say about Baba Yaga. It's simply one of the best beers ever brewed in Kentucky, and can hold its own against some of the best in the country. Variants on the base are just a bonus. Honestly, vanilla isn't one of my favorite adjuncts to pretty much any beer. It can overpower and produce a very artificial note. In this case, however, it blends beautifully with the thick, roasty malts and bittersweet chocolate, striking a nearly perfect balance. Boozy but not hot, with a nice level of oak, dark fruits, and vanilla sweetness. Still on tap as of 10(ish)pm Saturday. I'd advise you to take your mom out for Mother's Day brunch beers tomorrow.