It’s October, and maple news abounds. In pursuit of sappiness? Check out this quick maple news roundup.
New maple beverages are in the maple news. Pursuit of Sappiness by Mayflower Brewing Co. of Plymouth, Massachusetts is a Maple Brown Ale. Says the company founder: “The addition of a little Vermont maple syrup puts a New England twist on our classic brown ale. The beer is rich and full-bodied with flavors of caramel, toffee, chocolate, molasses, and of course, maple syrup.” Other maple-infused beers-of-the-moment include Wake up World Wide Stout, a Russian Imperial by Dogfish Head, and Deep Delish, a collaborative effort of Dogfish Head, Dewey Beer and Fifer Orchards.
For something stronger, check out Saxton River Distillery’s line of Sapling Whiskeys. For something not as strong, meet Moon Milk.
Maple-inspired fall events have been in the maple news just in time for the leaves to change. Vermont’s Fall Maple Open House just wrapped up, as did Maine Maple Fall Fest. The foliage is fleeting, but there are plenty of other ways to learn about maple. You can listen to an hour-long program on the history, process and health benefits of maple syrup. Read an article discussing whether maple syrup is a healthier alternative to sugar. Visit the Elkhart County Historial Museum and take in the Siihsipaahkwikanni exhibit to learn about how the Miami people made maple sugar. And there’s always the Proctor Maple Research Center, which just turned 75!
Maple is a great fall flavor, of course, but is made in late winter and early spring. There are at least three syrups made at this time of the year. Apple cider syrup can be made by anyone anywhere apples grow. But, sweet potato syrup and sorghum syrup are tastes of the American south.
Last but not least, the news contains this maple-adjacent nugget: frozen waffles ranked from worst to best. Now that’s need-to-know maple news!