If you don’t like smoked beers, a beer named ‘Brisket in a Bottle’ is probably not going to be your cup of tea. If you’re a Rauchbier fan, however, this is the homebrew for you. An winner from 2009, it still works and still pairs perfectly with something off the grill. A Brisket in a Bottle and a brisket on a plate sounds pretty damn ideal.
It wasn’t an American Homebrewers Association medal, but James Kunz did get his stout on tap at three pubs in Denver after winning a local tournament with this clever brew. Not only is it delicious; it’s easy to brew. Instead of barrel-aging—something you probably don’t want to mess with early on in your brewing career.