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I've been thinking about making a hungarian cuisine-themed beer, and if anyone has any awesome ideas, I'd love to hear them!

My initial idea was an imperial stout base (maybe with some rye and a touch of smoked malt) aged rather lengthily on sour cherries, one whole paprika pepper and probably a brett strain. Maybe oaked. Maybe I could age the cat in there too. He's been a real pain recently.

What is homebrewing good for if not going a little bit overboard now and then...

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Make one with beet sugar! :laugh:

Seriously, you probably should consider a good pilsner-style ale or a wheat beer instead of a stout if you want a Hungarian beer to go with the Hungarian food.

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Furmint is a variety of wine grape from the Pontian Balcanica branch of Vitis vinifera, used for white wines. The name Furmint is taken from the word "froment" for the wheat-gold color of the wine it produces. While it is possible that the grape is native to Hungary, the grape was likely brought to Hungary in the 13th century during the reign of King Béla IV.[1] [2] [3] It is a late variety, usually ripening in the second half of October, and is often inflicted with Botrytis.[4]


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History

The first commercial brewery in Hungary was established in Buda in 1845 by Peter Schmidt. During the heyday of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the K?bánya district of Budapest became the centre of Hungary's brewing industry. The Dreher brewery is named after Anton Dreher, the creator of the Vienna lager style. He created the brewery in Budapest in 1862 and it came to dominate the Hungarian market before the Second World War.

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Breweries

Today, Hungary has four large commercial brewers which produce mainly light lagers (Hungarian: Világos) and German-style dark beers (Barna), in German and both American and British English, Bock).

The Dreher (K?bánya) Brewery (Dreher Sörgyárak) in Budapest is now owned by SABMiller. Its main products are the Dreher Classic, Arany Ászok and K?bányai Világos pilsener-style lagers but it also brews Dreher Bak (a double bock). Kanizsa Brewery also belonged to the group. Until its closure, it produced beer under the Kanizsai Világos, Kanizsai Kinizsi, Balatoni Világos and Paracelsus brands.


[attachment=9577]2.jpg[/attachment] EST. CALORIES: 219 ABV: 7.3%

Deep ruby-amber coloured, stable lacy tanned head, molasses, caramel and a certain malt-bitterness in the nose; moderate sweet-bitter flavour, medium bodied, not sticky at all; dryish - a bit Stout-like - bitter-sweet finish with fruits and molasses.

Clear, dark brown colour with a dense and steady beige foamy head. Roasted and slightly leafy malty aroma with notes of caramel, bread crusts and mildly burnt accents. Sweet and slightly bitter flavour, medium bodied with a soft carbonation. Solid roast-malty base with notes of leaves, caramel and molasses; moderately sweet and rounded roasty and hop bitter finish with a muted alcoholic strength.


The Borsod Brewery (Borsodi Sörgyár) is 60% owned by InBev. In addition to local brands Borsodi Világos, Borsodi Bivaly, Borsodi Póló, Borsodi Búza and Borostyán ("Amber"), it brews (under license) Beck's, Löwenbräu, Stella Artois and Rolling Rock.

Heineken Hungária (formerly Brau Union Hungária Breweries) has breweries in Sopron and Martf

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