- Associated Press - Monday, May 9, 2016

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A Grand Rapids brewery has created a beer that attempts to put flavor to a classical music piece inspired by monks.

Brewery Vivant’s latest specialty beer, “Carmina Beerana,” pays homage to Carl Orff’s classic “Carmina Burana,” whose first movement, “O Fortuna,” has been used in well-known commercials and movies, The Grand Rapids Press (http://bit.ly/1WVchUb ) reported.

The beer is part of the brewery’s collaboration with the Grand Rapids Symphony, which will close its 2015-2015 season with performances of “Carmina Burana” on May 13 and 14 at DeVos Performance Hall.

A brew launch event will take place Monday at 8 p.m. at the brewery, where the beer will debut and the symphony’s brass musicians and chorus singers will entertain customers.

Carmina Beerana is known as a SMaSH beer, which means it features a single malt and single hop.

“We’ve used a Pilsen malt and El Dorado hops,” Jonathan Ward, the experience warden at Brewery Vivant. “It is bright golden yellow with the El Dorado lending some bold fruit flavor and a clean and bitter finish. Our house yeast lends some Belgian character.”

The beer will be on tap until it runs out, which could be anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks, and will also be available to take home in growlers.

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Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, http://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids

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