What do you call a mushroom with a whoopee cushion? A fun-gi! Mycologists reading this will no doubt be questioning the use of a plural term for fungus to refer to a mushroom with a puerile sense of humour.
My first job after paperboy was mushroom picker. Stooping in damp darkness, washing ladders in bleach and slicing ribbons off of my thumb with a veg knife are my abiding memories of the glamorous world of mushroom farming. It was ordinary white mushrooms (Agaricus bisporus) that I used to pick. None of these "shit take" things (as my Nan used to say). Fungal ale will use a range of interesting fungi to hopefully give weird and wonderful flavours. The selection of mycological superstars lighting up fungal strong ale is as follows:
Look at me with my italicised latin names!
With this beer I am after a fragrant bittersweet mélange of fungal excitement. I’m looking for deep complex and probably to most drinkers unappealingly different. I’m sure that it’s all been done before but I think it’s quite exciting.
Malt: Pale ale
Hops: Northern Brewer, Perle and Brewer’s Gold