Working at Somerset, Wisconsin’s Oliphant Brewing must be fun. Its beer descriptions read like the scribblings of a Russian novelist on the sixth day of Burning Man, while the beers themselves come in strokes of alchemy—a red curry red ale, what sorcery—that appear and vanish in wild, creative fits. One beer that has endured is Honees Honees, Oliphant’s honey and peanut butter golden ale. Inspired in equal measures by a high-calorie toast topping and a Billy Idol earworm, Honees Honees exemplifies the virtue of imagination in brewing.
The honey and peanut butter added to the beer have a definite effect on the look of the beer. Golden ales are typically straw yellow, but Honees Honees pours a cinged amber. The suspended honey in the body creates a kaleidoscopic film, letting you know you’re in for a trip.
There is genius in Oliphant’s madness, and Honees Honees is indisputable proof.”
The aroma brings mounds of roasted malt, escorted by a wave of sweet honey. Honees Honees’ scent will take you back to mornings when your mom was at work and you reached straight for the breadbox and jar of peanut butter.
Oliphant is a surprising brewery, but Honees Honees gives you the exact taste it advertises. You could close your eyes, take a sip, and feel like you’re biting into breakfast. Honey, peanut butter, toast—it’s all right there on the tip of the tongue. But there’s a third element at work. Honees Honees is also bolstered with lactose, and the milky soft texture makes it feel like a meal.
There is genius in Oliphant’s madness, and Honees Honees is indisputable proof. Rarely has a piece of nostalgia been so deftly translated into liquid form. Honees Honees gives you the honey, peanut butter, toast, and milk, all in fantastic detail. Grab a can and be thankful Oliphant had the mettle to brew it.