Texas: home to weird food combinations galore. You’ve got your doughnut milkshakes. You’ve got your brisket kolaches. Heck, you’ve even got your brisket ramen. And now, you’ve got your ramen-flavored beer.
This summer, Fort Worth brewery The Collective Brewing Project unleashed Cup O’ Beer upon the world, which is exactly what it sounds like. The Gose-style beer is brewed with 55 lbs. of ramen noodles, lime, lemongrass, ginger and a seaweed-cured sea salt.
According to the Houston Chronicle, the beer can be purchased at the brewery’s taproom, with some distribution around Texas. In June, Collective Brewing Project hosted a release for Cup O’ Beer, with bottles going for $7 each.
Before the beer’s release, the brewery heralded its arrival with a cryptic Instagram post of enough Maruchan to feed all of the University of Texas’ Jester dorm.
Beer lovers seemed ready to slurp it up, if the brewery’s Facebook fans are any indication. Comments ranged from “I NEED THIS” to “It's probably a pain to brew, but please keep making it.”
If you thought ramen and beer are a strange pairing, think again. On July 18, the brewery will team up with two Fort Worth restaurants for a private dinner pairing beers with Asian dishes. Cup O’ Beer will be paired with a shrimp hiyashi tsukemen ramen, a cold dipping ramen. A little light googling also uncovers some tasty-looking ramen dishes made with beer in the broth.
Will this noodle oddity whet your appetite like, say, Ramen Tatsu-Ya? Probably not. But Cup O’Beer definitely deserves points for creativity.