The Story of Naughty Girl, a Belgo-American ménage a trois

By Roger A. Baylor

Naughty Girl began as a Belgo-American ménage a trois, but then the brewers arrived, transforming trans-oceanic affair into a beer love pentangle. When it was over, the collaborative minds at Louisville Beer Store, De Struise Brouwers and New Albanian Brewing Company had conjured a recipe for a willfully disobedient Belgian Blonde Ale with a hop on her shoulder, and she decided to stick around for a while.

Naughty Girl’s origins can be traced to this collaboration, but first, let’s turn to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary to examine three meanings of the verb “collaborate.”

1 to work jointly with others or together especially in an intellectual endeavor

2 to cooperate with or willingly assist an enemy of one’s country and especially an occupying force

3 to cooperate with an agency or instrumentality with which one is not immediately connected

We clearly see that the first and third definitions are relevant to the creation of NABC’s Naughty Girl, while the second one applies quite handily to Goose Island’s position v.v. AB-InBev.

But enough about Trojan Goose.

The notion of a “collaboration beer” is an outgrowth of the better beer movement’s intrinsic vitality as a creative genre, illustrating the cooperative spirit therein. In a collaboration, brewers come together to share ideas and experiences, and the consuming public is the winner.

In 2011, Urbain Coutteau of De Struise Brouwers (Oostvleteren, Belgium) visited Louisville as the guest of Lori Beck and Tyler Trotter, founders of Louisville Beer Store and Holy Grale. After numerous liquid discussions between Urbain, Lori and Tyler, NABC’s David Pierce and Jared Williamson (now brewing at Schlafly) joined the conversation, and a collaborative plan came together.

First brewed at Bank Street Brewhouse on May 8, 2011, by Urbain, David and Jared, Naughty Girl has become NABC’s signature Spring/Summer seasonal release, available on draft and in 22-oz bombers from NABC’s wholesalers in Indiana and metropolitan Louisville. It also can be enjoyed in all forms at NABC’s two New Albanian locations.

Naughty Girl

Belgian Blonde Ale

ABV: 6%

IBU: 69

Color: Rich golden to amber.

Flavor: Medium-bodied. Restrained Belgian fruitiness. Assertive hopping, but falling short of Imperial IPA levels.

Compare to: A hoppy Belgian blonde ale, and somewhat unique.

Description: Naturally naughty — by nurture.

Recipe suggestion: One word: Wings. Just pick a presentation (grilled, smoked, deep-fried) and a sauce (Asian, Buffalo, barbecue). Naughty Girl pairs with them all.

Updated May 2014

 

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