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Smoked Beer with The Smoking Gun

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Thanks to the versatility of the Smoking Gun we can infuse smoke into liquids. In this case I tried smoking different beers (Heineken, Corona and Guinness) with mesquite smoke. The resulting smoke flavor is subtle and adds a nice touch to the beer. The winner? According to my wife, the toughest food critic I know, the best results were obtained with the Heineken beer.

The idea of smoked beer is not completely new. Wikipedia says:

Smoked beer (German: Rauchbier) is a type of beer with a distinctive smoke flavor imparted by using malted barley dried over an open flame.


The Rauchbiers of Bamberg in Germany, Schlenkerla in particular, are the best-known of the smoked beers. Drying malt over an open flame may impart a smoky character to the malt. This character may carry over to beers brewed with the smoked malt.


1- Pour the beer in a glass or jug.

2- Prepare the smoking gun with mesquite wood chips.

3- Insert the Smoking Gun hose in the beer, but just keep it at the top, do not immerse it too much.

4- Cover the glass or jug with plastic wrap.

5- Turn on the Smoking Gun and light the wood chips.

6- Agitate the glass or jug slightly for a couple of minutes.

7- Enjoy the smoked beer!

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  • Dulany Lingo

    Do you know where I can get just Mesquite for the smoking gun. I really don’t want all the other favors they have in the mixed packages, especially the sweet woods like Apple.

    • G

      Why not go to a hardware store that sells mesquite wood chips and make your own. I have a smoking gun and the price for a jar is very high. I plan on doing the above as it will be cheaper. It should take long to pull of splinters for the smoking gun

    • Steve Brown

      amazon sells shredded wood chips for indoor smokers. I have a lot from a variety pack cost about 30 bucks

    • Lesley Davies

      i get mine from my local hardware store and cut them to fit

  • Eduardo Bianco Rosada