No one expects to see the words “mushroom” and “dessert” in the same sentence, let alone when it comes to describing a beer. Eastern Montana-based Meadowlark Brewing has found a way to do just that with Fungus Shui, its self-proclaimed mushroom dessert ale. The brew made with honey and Candy Caps—a unique mushroom that smells and tastes like maple syrup—won a gold medal in the experimental beer category at this year’s Great American Beer Festival.
Appearance and Aroma
Out of the bottle, Fungus Shui pours a brilliant amber-gold color with off-white foam that dissipates rather quickly. Holding it up to my nose, the sweet, earthy aroma of maple syrup reminds me of maple-glazed donuts.
The maple flavor of Fungus Shui so strong that I want to pour this beer over pancakes. Yet there isn’t a single drop of maple in this beer.”
Fungus Shui is a rich and decadent beer. Intense notes of caramel and honey come thru followed by the signature maple syrup flavor, which is derived naturally from the Candy Cap mushrooms. Surprisingly, this beer doesn’t feel as heavy on the tongue as I was expecting from such a lusciously-flavored beer. Instead, it’s round with a semi-sweet finish that leaves just a hint of maple on the tongue.
The maple flavor of Fungus Shui so strong that I want to pour this beer over pancakes. Yet there isn’t a single drop of maple in this beer. It’s all from the mushrooms. On a pancake or in a glass, Fungus Shui hits all the boxes—amazing flavor, great body, a clean finish—all while coming in at a reasonable 6.5% ABV.