By Chris Chamberlain
The annual Main Street Brew Fest is doubtlessly the top beer-related event in Franklin, and this year’s 14th edition should be another winner. In fact, organizers have partnered with Derrick Morse and Mantra Artisan Ales to create their own unique recipe of beer just for the festival.
The beer is called Miel de Diamant, which is French for honey diamond (not to be confused with those low-quality “chocolate diamonds” that radio jeweler ads are trying to foist off on consumers). Mantra describes the beer as a Belgian-style saison pale ale which “will feature elements from Historic Downtown Franklin including butternut squash and sweet potatoes from Delvin Farms, oak staves from Trubee Honey, Tasmanian pepperberries, sweet orange peel and cinnamon from Savory Spice Shop, all dry-hopped over diamonds from Walton’s Antique Jewelry.”
So yeah, I’m not so sure about that last step in the brewing, but if somebody wants to lend them some jewels to brew with, who am I to complain? Mantra will be packaging a limited run of 2,000 cans of Miel de Diamant, and each can will include a QR code (remember those?) that will offer purchasers a discount on the purchase of a ticket to the Main Street Brew Fest on March 11.
If you’d like to be the first one to jump on the deal and try out this new brew, Mantra is holding a little release party at their brewery at 216 Noah Drive in Franklin on Friday, Feb. 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission to the party is free, and all of Mantra’s beers including Miel de Diamant will be available for purchase that evening.