03 July 2015
From Sierra Nevada:
We’re shining the spotlight on a rare beer this month with the release of Barrel-Aged Ovila Dubbel. We barrel aged our Ovila Abbey Dubbel in red wine and bourbon barrels to create a complex blend of caramel-like malt flavors with notes of black cherry and vanilla. It’s the latest in our collaboration with the monks of the Abbey of New Clairvaux and it’s a good one.
We brought you the news that Founders Breakfast Stout had been banned in New Hampshire because the label depicted a baby on it….well here’s your very first look at the new label for Breakfast Stout. I’m assuming the original label will remain and this label will be used for New Hampshire and any other states that take issue with the baby-label. This is the 12oz bottle and the beer remains at 8.3%-AbV and 60 IBU. If you can’t read the ‘fridge, the note says, “Left the crib for a bit, call me if you need me. 616-522-2720.” No I did not call the phone number to see who it belongs to.
Here’s a new gluten free can coming from New Planet Beer Co in Boulder, CO. This is Tread Lightly Ale and it is a Session Ale. This beer is packaged in 12oz cans and the beer will hit 4.9%-AbV.
Here’s a big new brew coming from Blue Point Brewing Co. This is Step Right Up and it is a Belgian-style Golden Ale that will be packaged in 22oz bottles. This beer comes in big at 9.1%-AbV and stay tuned for release details.
Here’s your first peek at some new commemorative packaging coming from Pabst. This is Pabst Blue Ribbon American Traditions Collection and these 12oz bottles will feature Normal Rockwell-like themes with a different sayings on each like, “It’s Better In The Mountains.” Of course the beer remains the same and stay tuned fro additional bottles in the series.
Here we have Freigeist Abraxas Apple Lichtenhainer. This ale brewed with apples will be packaged in 16.9oz bottles and the beer will hit 6%-AbV.
Here we have two great new brews coming to bottles from Seventh Sun Brewing Co in Dunedin, FL. Square Peg is a saison with red grapes aged in Cabernet barrels and Round Hole is a Saison with white grapes age din Chardonnay barrels. These are both 500ml bottles.
Here’s an interesting brew hitting bottles from Rogers Beer Co. This is Rogers The Pug Blueberry Ale and it comes in at 5.8%-AbV. This beer is packaged in 22oz bottles an Custom Brewcrafters in Honeoye Falls, NY.
Here’s a new brew coming from Anti Villain Ale Co in North Kingstown, RI. This is Golden Pumpkin Ale and it comes in at 5%-AbV. This beer is packaged in 12oz bottles at Coastal Extreme Brewing in Newport, RI.
It’s only a keg label, but happy 40th Anniversary to Exton Beverage. This IPA comes from Sly Fox and stay tuned for beer and release details.
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We’ve got more exciting news this month on the Scratch Beer front. As we approach our 200th beer donning the Scratch Beer moniker, we’re showing no signs of slowing down. On the horizon for July, we’ve got an easy-drinking Helles Lager as well as an Amber Ale brewed with Lemon Drop and Zeus hops. Also coming soon is our annual Ales for ALS™ beer (a hoppy Pale Ale brewed with a proprietary hop blend) to benefit the ALS Therapy Development Institute. Don’t forget to pick up a case of our annual White Ale (Scratch #196, a Belgian-style Witbier) in the General Store or grab a growler from the Tasting Room. This is a perennial favorite and won’t last long at the brewery!
In related Scratch Beer news, Chris and John made a quick field trip to visit our friends at Deer Creek Malthouse at the end of June. Deer Creek produces a variety of 2- and 6-row barley and rye malt at its small, artisan operation based out of the Philadelphia area. We’ve used Deer Creek’s malt in a few previous Scratch Beers as well as (717) Collaboration Ale for Harrisburg Beer Week. Last week, we brewed an India Pale Lager using 6-row malt procured from the trip. Be on the lookout for more Scratch Beers brewed using this high-quality, local malted barley.
Stop, hop and roll!
At Tröegs, we take pride in partnering with local non-profit organizations in an effort to make a substantive difference in our community. With this in mind, we’re pleased to announce our partnership with the Hershey Volunteer Fire Department in developing a commemorative Scratch Beer we’ve dubbed Red Steam Common Ale. This California Common, or “steam” beer, echoes back to the very first Scratch Beer produced by Tröegs Brewery in 2007. The beer began to take shape after a discussion between John Trogner and a few volunteer firefighters who also dabble in homebrewing. Several firefighters also assisted in the brewing process by answering our “brew drill” call and arrived at the brewery on a fire truck in full uniform to add hops to the brew kettle. We’re set to release Red Steam Common Ale at the brewery on Monday, July 13 during a special charity event for the Hershey Volunteer Fire Department. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Hershey Volunteer Fire Department, and a portion of the proceeds generated from sales of Red Steam Common Ale and commemorative pint glasses will also benefit the cause.
From Jester King:
We’re pleased to introduce 2015 Vernal Dichotomous — a blend of mature barrel-aged beer brewed with rosemary, lavender, and spearmint with young farmhouse ale refermented with Texas kumquats. 2015 Vernal Dichotomous is our fifth seasonal saison, and our first inspired by the spring. The Dichotomous series is our effort to present sensory characteristics from the various seasons of the year through beer. The particular season (in this case, spring) is representative of the time of year from which the beer received its inspiration, rather than, like most seasonal beers, when it is released. This is because our Dichotomous series, like all our beer, isn’t fermented in mere days or weeks using pure culture brewers yeast. Instead, it slowly ferments and develops over the course of months in the presence of our mixed culture of brewers yeast and native yeast and bacteria harvested from the Texas Hill Country.
For 2015 Vernal Dichotomous, we once again returned to the practice of bière de coupage, which involves blending or “cutting” old beer with young. In fact, the old beer we blended had been aging in oak barrels at our brewery for over two years. It was originally brewed in November 2012 with rosemary, lavender, and spearmint, and comes from the same old barrel stock we used in the blend of 2014 Hibernal Dichotomous. The old barrel stock was blended with young farmhouse ale refermented with kumquats. Here is our Head Brewer Garrett Crowell, in his own words, on his inspiration for 2015 Vernal Dichotomous and his decision to use kumquats:
“Spring is always a ‘fresh’ season to me, with everything tender and green. I felt the kumquats and the floral barrel-aged blended beer would approximate the delicate air of blossoming trees and flowers. The kumquats are the most springlike ingredient in the beer, as they were picked only a few days before going into the beer. So there is this interaction between the sensory and agricultural aspects of spring, that oftentimes are tangents of one another. There is even a metaphorical evolution of this season when tasting and smelling the beer. First you smell the flowers, and then the kumquats, just as you’d smell the citrus blossoms on the citrus tree followed by the citrus itself.”
The blend for 2015 Vernal Dichotomous contains old beer brewed in November 2012 with Hill Country well water, barley, wheat, hops, rosemary, lavender, and spearmint, and young beer brewed in March 2015 with Hill Country well water, barley, spelt, and hops. Both the old and young beer was fermented with a mixed culture of microorganisms consisting of brewers yeast and native yeast and bacteria harvested from the air and wildflowers around our brewery. As mentioned, the young beer was refermented with kumquats. 2015 Vernal Dichotomous was blended shortly before packaging on April 20, 2015. It is 100% naturally conditioned in bottles, kegs, and casks. 2015 Vernal Dichotomous is unfiltered, unpasteurized, 5.4 percent alcohol by volume, 20 IBU, 3.95 pH at the time of packaging, and has a finishing gravity of 1.001 (0.3 degree Plato).
2015 Vernal Dichotomous will be released at Jester King when our tasting room opens early for the holiday weekend at 12pm on Friday, July 3rd. It will be available by the glass, as well as to go in 750ml bottles ($14/bottle, limit 3 per customer per day). Approximately 3,700 bottles are available, and at this point, we do not anticipate 2015 Vernal Dichotomous being available outside of our tasting room, aside from special events. The label art was created by our own Josh Cockrell.
Head Brewer Garrett Crowell cutting kumquats
2015 Vernal Dichotomous
From Dogfish Head:
We're back, and this time Sam dishes on improvements to our original brewpub, his favorite writers, community responsibilities and more. Also, a wild beer celeb appears!
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