|The second beer from |
Shmuel ("Schmulz") Naky:
The Last Brunch,
an Imperial Rauchbier.
Schmulz produced the first beer under his own label several months ago: 5G Stoned Steinbier (which you can read about here).
His second beer is called The Last Brunch, an Imperial Rauchbier, which means "smoked beer" in German. These beers get their smoky aroma and taste from the smoked malts used in the mash. It was brewed at the Hatch Brewery in Jerusalem.
The name is Schmulz's way of letting us know that even though this might not be your typical breakfast beer – like a Breakfast Stout, for example – it's perfectly suitable for brunch. Why the "Last" Brunch? I'll get to that later.
|Shmuel ("Schmulz") Naky, aka "The Beard,"|
in his natural habitat,
Birateinu, the Jerusalem Beer Center.
|Nir Kleinman's label for The Last Brunch:|
Baroque themes of chaos and cannibalism.
A few words about the label, designed by Nir Kleinman. It's an irreverent and profane parody of The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci. Michal Moussaffi, who is Schmulz's wife and a student of art and literature, wrote that it had Baroque themes with movement, broken diagonals and chaos. The participants in the "meal" are breaking limbs and engaging in cannibalism, while on the table are foods whose taste can be found in the beer (though I can't identify them). Michal even ties the art to the flavors in the beer: Chaotic and wild, yet somehow balanced and smooth in the throat.
|When table manners where more refined:|
The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci.
Heavy stuff for a beer label.
The Last Brunch is available at Birateinu and in their online store (at this link), and also at Beit Habira (The Beer House) in Beersheva, Kishkashta in Rishon LeZion, and Biguns, the Center for Culinary Hobbies, in Karkur. Additional stores will be added. Tell your taste buds that they should be ready for something "different."
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