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The wild ingredient that makes this beer fun

Blaine Staniford has collaborated with Revolver Brewing head brewmaster Grant Wood to launch a beer that is infused with mushrooms and several herbs and spices.
Blaine Staniford has collaborated with Revolver Brewing head brewmaster Grant Wood to launch a beer that is infused with mushrooms and several herbs and spices. jlmarshall@star-telegram.com

According to Blaine Staniford, wild mushrooms make for great beer.

“It sounds weird, but it’s actually awesome,” says the executive chef at downtown Fort Worth’s Grace restaurant.

He has partnered with Granbury-based Revolver Brewing to launch Fun Guy Fun Gal Ale, a mushroom-infused beer made with six different types of wild mushrooms.

Staniford says he was inspired after meeting Revolver master brewer Grant Wood, who attended an exotic mushroom dinner at Grace last year.

“I’d never really seen beers with mushrooms and I have a lot of connections with wild mushroom growers,” Staniford says.

The American ale is also infused with pink peppercorns, Meyer lemon peel, Hawaiian sea salt and kombu, or dried sea kelp.

“It’s super savory, easy to drink, and it’s not heavy,” Staniford says.

Look for the fungi-flavored brew at Grace and sister restaurant Little Red Wasp in time for Grace’s six-course beer dinner featuring Revolver Brewing on Nov. 4 ($125 plus tax and gratuity). Grace is at 777 Main St., Fort Worth, 817-877-3388, www.gracefortworth.com.

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