Smell of success: Durian beer

The durian's strong odour may put some people off, but Mr Peter Denison of the Foreigner Brewing Company smelled another possibility: Using the fruit as an ingredient in beer.

The result is the Durian Durian beer, which was available yesterday at Melbourne's Great Australasian Beer Spectapular (Gabs) - a three-day festival celebrating the diversity and creativity of craft beer.

Mr Denison's Melbourne-based brewery believes that the durian's subtly sweet and savoury flavour goes well with the dry spiciness of a saison-style beer.

The unique drink is a perfect fit at the Gabs festival, which has a reputation of allowing brewers to experiment, without being curbed by the usual commercial constraints.

This year's edition in Melbourne, which ends tomorrow, does not disappoint, and includes beers made with snails, Skittles candy, breakfast cereals and ground crickets, to name a few.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 19, 2018, with the headline 'Smell of success: Durian beer'. Print Edition | Subscribe