Lazy Magnolia Brewing
Rye Imperial Pale Ale
9% ABV | 94 IBUs | Recommended glassare: snifter
Hi, I’m Butch. And that’s also my name. I’ve also had other nicknames at various other times in my life. Back in forestry school at Mississippi State, there was a running joke among the undergrads in the College of Forest Resources that the touchy-feely wildlife students were just “Bunny Sheriffs,” while they called us practical-minded forestry students, “Timberbeasts.” After an especially brutal late-summer timber cruising exercise, I got called *The* Timberbeast by the other forestry students. The nickname came and went for the rest of my time at State and in the years since in my professional career as a forester.
Cut to 2012, and Raise Your Pints, the non-profit group I founded and lead, had some success in lobbying the Mississippi Legislature on behalf of our nascent craft brewing industry. Both the Senate and the House of Representatives passed, and Governor Barbour signed a new law significantly raising the allowable alcohol percentage in beer. This removed the arbitrary restriction on dozens of styles of beer that Mississippians, uniquely among citizens of the United States, were being denied. Lazy Magnolia, the oldest and largest brewery in Mississippi was anxious to take advantage of this new opportunity and so they created a big rye IPA (my favorite style of beer – pure coincidence I’m told) ready to be released the minute the new law went into effect at midnight on the first of July 2012. The good people at Lazy Magnolia wanted to recognize the hard work that all of the officers and volunteers of RYP, and a friend must have told them about the nickname. So they named this big, aggressive new beer, “Timberbeast.” They did, however, have the good sense NOT to put my actual face on the label. In any case, having a beer named after me was a huge honor and even after six years I’m still not sure how to properly speak about it.
But the beer speaks for itself just fine. Like I said, this beer is as aggressive as a burly young forester blazing a trail through the woods. Weighing in at 9% alcohol, it’s not one to be trifled with. My friend Will, Lazy Magnolia’s resident brewing genius, and his staff use five different types of hops to give it a strong pine (of course) and citrus aroma. Usually with IPAs, the hops are the star of the show, but in my opinion, the best part of The Timberbeast is the rye they add to the grain bill. Rye gives beers a spicy, peppery taste and it’s one of my favorite things ever. If you’ve ever had rye bread, you have an idea what adding it to a beer will do to the flavor.
Timberbeast is available year round everywhere you can find Lazy Magnolia beer. Most bars and restaurants will serve it in smaller, 10-ounce glasses because, well, because they’re responsible people and a beer as favorable and strong as the Timberbeast is great in small doses. Too much Timberbeast can get even the wildest woodsmen in trouble. I hope you’ll give this beer a try. And when you do, think of the thousands of Mississippians who volunteered their time and effort, not to mention their own money, in the fight to bring better beer to Mississippi.
Raise Your Pints y’all!
Butch Bailey is a 15-year resident of the Pine Belt. He is a forester with two degrees from Mississippi State University. Husband to Toni, father to Liam, best friend to an English mastiff named Stout and founder of Raise Your Pints. Promotional consideration for the Signature Sips is provided by Stokes Distributing, by which Lazy Magnolia’s Timberbeast is exclusively distributed.