Five Seasons Brewing Co. partner/brewmaster Crawford Moran has a new beer named after a pig.
Or more specifically, the rare Ossabaw heritage breed that partner/chef Dave Larkworthy is getting set to feature on the menu at the Alpharetta and Westside Five Season locations, beginning New Year’s Eve.
“We’re very excited about it,” Moran says. “These are the first pigs from Island Creek Preserve here in Georgia. Marc Mousseau, the farmer, has the only 100% registered herd of Ossabaw.
“This breed has such a rich history here in Georgia and we’re excited to be the only restaurant right now to have it on our menu.They are free range on his farm, but he does treat them by feeding them our spent grains, so they are well fed.”
Island Creek Preserve’s website explains that the pigs are direct decedents of the famous Iberico pigs from Spain which are commonly referred to as “four legged olive trees” because their tasty fat is high in Oleic Acid, the same heart healthy fat found in olive oil. Ossabaw Island Pigs arrived in Georgia from Spain with the Hernando DeSoto expedition in 1539 nearly 180 years before Georgia became the 13th Colony in 1722.
The Ossabaw Ale Moran brewed to honor the pig is a variation on a Belgian-style brown with a touch of star anise and fresh orange peel and amber candi sugar.
“The brown malts should go well with the caramel character of so many grilled or roasted pork dishes,” Moran says. “The spices are often found in many pork dishes. The yeast is from a Trappist brewery and I ferment it and create the particular malt bill to enhance some of the fruity ester characteristics that are such the perfect fit with pork.”
Larkworthy’s first offering on the New Year’s Eve menu will be roasted loin of malt-glazed Ossabaw pork with kumquat, cranberry and rosemary, pimento stone-ground grits and rainbow chard.
“May the pork be with you,” Moran says.
— By Bob Townsend, AJC Food and More blog.