Planters Is Now Making A Peanut-Flavored Beer
Say hello to Mr. IPA-Nut!
Peanuts and beer go together like, well, peanuts and beer, or pretzels and beer, or just about any other salty snack you’d pair with your favorite brew at the bar or a ball game. But what about brewing 800 pounds of peanuts into a beer? Noon Whistle Brewing has done just that, collaborating with Planters to create an India Pale Ale named, appropriately, Mr. IPA-Nut.
“It would have been easy to make a great stout or porter with nuts, but Planters wanted to prove that nuts go great with any style beer,” Michael Condon, owner of Noon Whistle, said in a statement about the beer. “Therefore, we took their Honey Roasted Peanuts and made a great IPA that highlights both hops and peanuts.”
Mr. IPA-Nut is Planters’ first foray into the world of craft brewing, but plenty of other big brands are already in the beer-collaboration game: Dunkin’ Donuts just announced their coffee porter a few weeks ago, and America’s last Blockbuster store has its own ale, made by a nearby brewery in Bend, Oregon.
Unfortunately, the Mr. IPA-Nut is only available at the Noon Whistle taproom in Lombard, Illinois, and at certain retail locations around Chicago, where it will be sold in four-packs for $9.99. The beer will be available on Oct. 26.
Fans of the brewery seem excited about the beer in their comments to the Instagram post about its launch — and they’re full of peanut puns. “You guys are nuts” one person wrote:
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🥜🍺Things are getting a lil nutty around here….Join us this Friday 10/26 in the taproom for the release of MR. IPA-NUT, our collaboration with Planters @mrpeanutofficial 🥜 🍺 On draft and in 4-pack cans to-go! #noon #noonwhistle #nwbco #beergoesnuts #beer #craft #craftbeer #cheers #beerstagram #peanut #mrpeanut #ipa #hops #drinklocal #noonwhistlebrewing
Curious about the taste? Here’s the official take: The Mr. IPA-Nut is brewed with Wakatu and Citra hops and “delivers a citrus aroma and a hint of honey-roasted peanuts, all followed by a slightly salty finish that makes every sip worth savoring,” according to Noon Whistle. A writer at the Chicago Tribune described the taste this way after trying it: “On the palate it nails an interesting and unlikely balance: floral and fruity upfront, giving way to rustic malt character, light peanut saltiness and then a touch of bitterness, all wrapped in a silky body.”
Wow! Would you give Mr. Peanut-IPA a try?