PB & Jeff by Four Fathers Brewing

Four Fathers Brewing is located in Valparaiso, IN. This is the first beer I’ve had from this brewery, and thanks to Tavour for this one. Four Fathers was started by a husband and wife team, which is awesome. I love these stories where a couple had a dream, planned and eventually made it happen. It’s what makes our country great.

PB & Jeff is a brown ale “overflowing with peanut and peanut butter flavor.” Well, I was hoping this was a PB & J brown ale. It’s one of my wife’s favorite styles (think No Crusts by Funky Buddha Brewing). There are a few breweries in Tampa that have made a PB & J Berliner, which is more berry than peanuts. So, the fact that this doesn’t have any jelly/jam characteristics is kind of a bummer. So, my expectations have been lowered. Let’s crack it.

img_2572PB & Jeff pours like a typical brown ale, a medium tea-colored ale with an off-white head. The head dissipates to a thin ring around the inside of the glass. Swirling the beer will reinvigorate a soapy head, leaving some nice lacing. On the nose, at first, it was all peanuts. But as this brown ale has warmed up a bit, there’s actually some berry sweetness on the nose mixed with the peanut aroma. Well, that’s a pleasant surprise. So, let’s take a sip.

This is actually a fairly medium-bodied brown ale, with a nice oily mouthfeel. On the palate, this beer is all peanuts. There’s no sweetness (hence my earlier disappointment) just peanuts, and PB & Jeff finishes with a bitter peanut flavor. This is a perplexing brown ale for me. The artwork for this can created most of the hype for this beer. Hey, marketing, right? I suppose if you like peanuts, then you might enjoy this beer. However, for me, it fell short of what I was hoping for. I do enjoy good peanut butter flavor in my beers, but for me, I enjoy that flavor better in a stout. Putting it in a brown ale is definitely something I haven’t had, so that’s something, right?

After looking at Four Fathers’ web site, they do have some interesting offerings that have piqued my interest. So, perhaps in the future, I’ll get to try them again. Cheers!

Beer Stats

  • ABV:  6.2%
  • IBU:  n/a
  • Untappd Rating:  3.83
  • # of Ratings:  445

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