When Salt & Straw opened, maple bacon as a flavor pairing was everywhere, so we would have been remiss to completely skip the trend. But when Kim first presented the idea to Tyler he famously replied, “That’s on the menu at Denny’s. We’re not Denny’s.” In true early form, he wanted our take to be unique. He turned to an unconventional partner for the answer: a brewer. Brown ale has a sweet maple-y flavor. This flavor marked out first-ever collaboration with a local brewery, now a favorite of ours, and presented the challenge on how to mimic their brewing process in ice cream.