Hello durian fans, we’re back with more good(???) news!
Durian beer is a thing!
Durian and beer. Beer and durian. Together. In one drink.
But how are you feeling? You alright, bruh?
Once you’ve recovered from the news of this existence, you could possibly hop into a bar nearby to try it out.
This durian beer is brewed locally and available in KL.
The brains behind this operation is Kennhyn Ang, co-founder of Modern Madness, a range of Malaysian made beers.
Now before you run off and try to brew your own beer, you should know that it’s extremely hard to get the license to brew beer in Malaysia because there is a limit on the issuance of brewing licenses.
Currently, only two companies have the license to brew beer in Malaysia, Heineken Malaysia Berhad and Carlsberg Brewery Malaysia Berhad.
So how the heck did Kennhyn and the gang manage to brew the durian beer?
“Yes, the beer is brewed in Malaysia. But since we don’t have license to brew beers, I like to call what we do as “reverse brewing”.
We purchase beer that already paid duty and add on the local flavours to it.”
What it means is that instead of boiling in the flavour at the beginning of the brewing process, the flavour is added after fermentation.
According to Kennhyn, the process in making the durian beer takes about a week with roughly 10 tries to get it juuust right.
It involves A LOT of testing and A LOT of tweaking.
What does it taste like???
Well, each batch tastes a little bit different, so it’s hard to say.
“While we need to have the durian taste, we also have to figure out how to make it drinkable.
It’s much harder when we use fresh fruits rather than flavouring. Hence, each batch also have different flavour from different durians we use.”
This writer has tested the durian beer for herself, the first one tasted like dodol (yum) while the second one kindatasted like liquid durian (also yum, no joke).
Basically, durian beer has the same effect as durian fruit. Some love it, some hate it. Such is the power of the King of Fruits.
If you’re wondering if the durian beer is heaty, we also have no idea. But we can already feel the judging looks from all the Chinese mothers out there.
Best to hurry though, as the durian beer is only a temporary guest, made only for special occasions. Plus Kennhyn says its not his favourite to make because it stinks up the place. In his exact words:
“Never mess with the king of fruits.”
Once you’re there you can actually try out a whole range of Malaysian flavours IN BEER like Bak Kut Teh, Teh Tarik Aleand Rosella Ale (hibiscus).