Lazy Magnolia is one of my favorite local breweries. Nestled in Kiln, Mississippi, proprietors Mark and Leslie Henderson brewed their first batch in January of 2005 after years spent home brewing beers that friends raved over. They are Mississippi’s oldest packaging brewery and the first in the state since Prohibition. If you came to last year’s Bayou Beer Festival, you probably had the pleasure of trying some of their brews – and many of you asked “Where can I buy more?” Sadly, at that time, the only brew from Lazy Magnolia that was being distributed locally was their Southern Pecan (a damned fine nut brown ale!)
Now however we can tell you that Lazy Magnolia is officially in our market, with Buquet Distributing bringing a healthy supply of their brews to local retailers, including Cannata’s Family Markets. Look for six packs of their Jefferson Stout, Southern Hops’pitality and Timber Beast in your local retailers.
Timber Beast – Rye Imperial IPA
We’ll kick off this gauntlet with Timber Beast, Lazy Magnolia’s Rye IPA – actually an Imperial India Pale Ale. It poured a lovely golden amber with a nearly an inch of off white head that left swaths of lovely lacing in the glass. Gotta love that! The nose was sharp, piney hops, resin and some citrus. The flavor followed the nose closely -grapefruit, rye spices, orange/citrus with a slight biscuity, malty backbone. The medium carbonation left a thick-feeling with a dry finish – a little astringent.
If you’ve never had a brew with rye as a key ingredient, you owe it to yourself to try this one. I really love what the spiciness of the rye does for a beer. Timber Beast features Zythos, Nugget, Cascade, Centennial hops along with Rye, Pale Malt, Carapils, Caramel grains. Sporting an IBU of 80, which is balanced by all those grains, this makes for a smooth, drinkable Imperial IPA. We give it 4.5/5
Jefferson Stout – Sweet Potato Cream Stout
The first time I had Jeff Stout was at the Avenue Pub along with my padnuh the Beer Buddha – and I was instantly impressed. It pours an inky brown, nearly black with ruby highlights and sports a pinky’s width of tan foam which receded quickly to a thick ring that left slight lacing in the glass. The nose was chocolate/toffee, toasted malts, bread with some coffee roastiness. Again, the flavor was in sync with the nose – brown sugar, candied sweet potatoes (which maybe is just from me KNOWING that there’s sweet potatoes in it,) caramel, chocolate. Smooth and malty but not overtly sweet. The body and carbonation is medium – actually a little more thin than I had remembered.
Sporting an IBU of just 25, and an ABV of 4.65% – it’s extremely quaffable. Overall a really great stout. We give this one 4/5
Southern Hops’pitality – India Pale Ale
Our American IPAs are generally more robustly hopped than their European brethren. Southern Hops’pitality however sports an IBU of 60 which isn’t off the charts. Lazy Magnolia’s website tells us that they use Zythos, Nugget, Cascade, and Centennial hops in this easy drinking IPA. Poured a golden, copper and slightly amber with an inch or so of soapy, white foam that quickly faded but left decent amounts of lacing as I imbibed. The nose presented copious amounts of citrus – Grapefruit, lemon, tangerine – along with the expected piney, grassy resin we all love. The first taste was a mix of citrus and hops – but this beer doesn’t clobber your tastebuds with hop domination. It’s maltiness – Rye, Pale Malt, Carapils, Caramel – balances the hops’ presentation. Yes … there’s my Rye again! Mmm!
Crisp and dry, there is a very light carbonation that doesn’t overpower the flavors. For those of you who tend to shy away from IPAs, this is a great one to try! This one gets 3.5/5