Beer Pick: Good Word Brewing’s Scaling the Garden Wall Helles is smokin’ good

Good Word Scaling the Garden Wall is a Helles-style lager brewed with smoked malt.
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Good Word Scaling the Garden Wall is a Helles-style lager brewed with smoked malt.

Credit: Good Word Brewing

Credit: Good Word Brewing

Good Word Brewing and Public House in Duluth continues to be a go-to destination for a wide range of beer styles, including many traditional lagers.

But owner/brewer Todd Dimatteo isn’t afraid to experiment. One of his newest projects is a collaboration with New Hampshire’s North Country Beer that adds smoked malt to a recipe for a Helles-style lager.

And with that fun idea, Scaling the Garden Wall Helles is this week’s Beer Pick.

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Scaling the Garden Wall Helles

Good Word Brewing, Duluth, Georgia

Available for a limited time on draft and in 4-pack 16-ounce cans at Good Word

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Good Word’s new Scaling the Garden Wall Helles-style lager is fairly traditional. It’s brewed with floor-malted bohemian Pilsner malt, hops from Seitz in Hallertau, and employs a single decoction. But a bit of pecan smoked Pilsner malt was added to the mix. The result is a subtle balance of smoke and bitterness in what is otherwise a bright, refreshing beer.

Pair with

Good Word’s current menu offers several possible pairings for Scaling the Garden Wall, such as a corned beef Rueben with smoked sauerkraut and horseradish sauce, and a roasted porchetta sandwich. But almost any kind of barbecue, including chicken, pulled pork or ribs, is a no-brainer.

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