Brewery’s “Carmina Beerana,” themed to Grand Rapids Symphony concert

Posted on: May 11, 2016

“If Carl Orff’s classic ‘Carmina Burana’ was a beer, what would it taste like?” asks Shandra Martinez in Sunday’s (5/8) Grand Rapids Press (Michigan). “That is a question Brewery Vivant will soon answer. The Grand Rapids brewery’s latest specialty beer, ‘Carmina Beerana,’ is an attempt to put a flavor to this music inspired by monks.… The beer is part of Brewery Vivant’s collaboration with the Grand Rapids Symphony, which closes its 2015-16 season with a performance of Carl Orff’s popular ‘Carmina Burana’ on May 13-14 in DeVos Performance Hall. The beer [debuted] Monday, May, 9, at the brewery … where the symphony’s brass musicians and chorus singers [entertained] customers…. Carmina Beerana is described as a SMaSH beer, meaning it’s a ‘single malt and single hop.’ ‘We’ve used a Pilsen malt and El Dorado hops,’ Jonathan Ward, the experience warden at Brewery Vivant. ‘It is bright golden yellow with the El Dorado lending some bold fruit flavor and a clean and bitter finish. Our house yeast lends some Belgian character.’ Ward says Carmina Beerana will be on tap until it runs out, which could be a few days or a couple of weeks.”

Posted May 11, 2016