Troegs - Scratch Update & Flying Mouflan

27 February 2009

I just heard from Ed @ Troegs and he tells me Scratch #16 & #17 are kicked on tap but available in limited supply in bottles only. Scratch # 18 will NOT be ready this weekend. Instead today they will be tapping the Scratch # 13 (Oktoberfest) and if (make that WHEN) that kicks, they'll tap Scratch # 12 (IPA). Apparently the brewhouse issues from a few weeks ago are still delaying some of the beers. Also the flying mouflan will not be packaged until mid-march at the earliest -- still waiting on labels. Mouflan is a re-make of the Scratch # 4 (the 10th anniversary celebration beer). This is an aged barleywine style (2008 GABF Bronze) to be released in bombers only---and yes the name is simply a creature name the brothers made up. Here's the press release for those wondering:

Tröegs Brewing Company announces the release of The Flying Mouflan. The Flying Mouflan will be available in 22 ounce bottles only starting in mid-March.
Originally brewed as part of the Scratch Beer Series, the Flying Mouflan is the first beer to come out of the one-off series to become part of the brewery’s roster of production brews. It will be unveiled at numerous events during Philly Beer Week, March 6-15.

“The Scratch Series has given us a chance to incubate new beers that might one day be part of our production line-up,” said Chris Trogner. “The Flying Mouflan was originally brewed as Scratch #4 in 2007. After it won a bronze medal at the 2008 Great American Beer Festival John and I felt it was important to release this beer. The Flying Mouflan is the first release in what will become a line of 22-ounce seasonal brews.”

Dubbed the Flying Mouflan (for reasons that become clearer toward the bottom of the glass) this strong alluring ale is two beers in one. Cracking open a fresh bottle unleashes hops and heat with more than 100 IBUs emanating from three hop varieties and sweet burn of 9.3% ABV. Cellaring the Flying Mouflan in a cool dark place at 50 degrees for a minimum of four months will mellow out the hops and wash away the heat. If you can resist temptation you will be rewarded with two memorable beers in a single bottle.

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