Malai Kitchen Beers Awarded for Their Unique Taste
Jun 21, 2016 01:07PM ● Published by Tyler Hicks
Photo via the Best Little Brewfest Facebook page
Malai Kitchen, known for its refreshingly modern approach to Thai and Vietnamese cuisine, was recognized for its unique beer selection at the Best Little Brewfest in Texas Professional Brewers Competition this past weekend.
Breweries were invited to submit beers (standard brews, one-offs, and trials) to the juried competition, which were judged on Saturday, June 6. Winners were announced during the festival held Saturday, June 18 in Old Town Lewisville.
In the Seasonal Beer category, Malai was awarded the Gold Medal for the Thai-P-A (India pale ale brewed with ginger, galangal, turmeric, cilantro, toasted coriander, kaffir lime, and lemongrass. American 2-row and crystal malt along with turmeric give the ThaiPA a nice orange appearance. Dry hopped with American hops to produce a balanced citrus aroma. 7% ABV).
In the Belgian Beer category, Malai received the Silver Medal for the Golden Triangle Saison (Saison brewed with German Pilsner and wheat malt. Fermented with the house saison yeast blend, which creates a highly attenuated (dry) beer. Dry hopped with Japanese Sorachi Ace hops that add a lemon aroma to balance with the esters produced from the yeast 7% ABV). View the entire list of categories and winners here.
Owners Braden and Yasmin Wages continue to raise the bar for Malai’s house beer program since its launch in 2014. In early 2016, the Wages opened a second location in Southlake with larger brewing facilities and hired a brew master, Matt Reynolds, to oversee production and make sure Malai’s program remains on the forefront. Just this week, a new tap system is being installed in Uptown allowing for six draft beers to be offered (vs. the original three).