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Todd Boera has been brewing Bloody Butcher for almost a decade. Made with a namesake variety of red heritage corn, the grisette is part of the year-round lineup at Fonta Flora, the North Carolina brewery where he is partner and head of brewing operations.
From the beginning, Boera has used this grain raw, preferring its flavor over malted corn. In his words, using a grain in its raw form showcases its “unadulterated flavor.” Dry and slightly funky with a lemony tartness, Bloody Butcher: Appalachian Grisette has gained a fanbase beyond the boundaries of the Tarheel State. It has also introduced other brewers to an ingredient they likely hadn’t considered using before tasting this beer.