Dining With Denise Neil

Donut Whole-infused River City beer: A review

Thick, sweet and salty: The new Donut Whole Love Affair Belgian brown ale at River City Brewing Company.
Thick, sweet and salty: The new Donut Whole Love Affair Belgian brown ale at River City Brewing Company. The Wichita Eagle

Here’s a question I’m never going to answer with “no.”

“Would you like to try our new beer, which tastes like salted caramel doughnuts?”

I just sampled River City Brewing Company’s latest creation, a Belgian brown ale that it calls “Donut Whole Love Affair.” It was created as part of an ongoing collaboration between the Donut Whole, a popular shop at 1720 E. Douglas that frequently uses River City’s beers in its doughnut making, and the brewery at 150 N. Mosley in Old Town. This beer was made using 100 of the Donut Whole’s donuts in the mash. The brewers then combined a couple of yeast strains during fermentation and added caramel and sea salt. They describe the finished product as a “liquid doughnut.”

It really sort of was. The beer was like nothing I’ve ever tasted. It was surprisingly sweet and felt thick on the tongue with a salty follow. The first sip made me want to send it back, but the more I tried it, the more it grew on me. Though it was too rich for me to finish, I would try it again and give it high marks for originality. (My beer snob husband, on the other hand, says he will stick with IPA.)

Here’s something that will blow your mind: The Donut Whole folks have already used the new beer TO MAKE MORE DOUGHNUTS. Using the beer made with their donuts to make more donuts.

I can’t take it.

Check out River City’s Facebook page to see photos of the process – and of the tapping party.

  Comments