IN THE TANK, OUT THE TANK (VOL. 6)

Be on the lookout for a few malty lagers early this summer. We recently tapped Faintheart, a low-ABV red lager with a strong caramel malt presence. One guy referred to it as “malt-nificent.” (That guy was me.) About a week from now, we’ll tap Smoke & Oats, an amber with a generous helping of beechwood smoked malt. It’s a personal …

Giving Dad His Props

Giving Dad His Props As we roll into June, we prepare to bask in the glory that is Summer. Temperatures may have been generously warm prior to today, but there’s something reassuring about flipping the calendar and knowing the warmest days of the year are ahead of us. Barbeques, golf, hiking, baseball, a potential Stanley Cup parade, and a tremendous …

FOREVER SINGLE 2

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SINGLE HOP IPA   ABV  7.1%  IBU  75 Fermentables: 2-Row Pale, CaraMunich, CaraPils Hops: Chinook This second installment of Forever Single features Chinook hops. We think it’s piney, spicey, and a little earthy. What do you think?

ICARUS WIT

BELGIAN WIT   ABV  6.4%   IBU  21 Fermentables: Pale, Wheat, Chocolate Malt, Black, Special B Hops/Spices: Ultra, Ginger, Star Anise, Orange Peel, Cocoa There happens to be a Pittsburgh-based power metal group called Icarus Witch, and we happen to be friends with them. So ever since when, we knew we wanted to do a riff on a Belgian witbier …

What American Craft Beer Week Has Inspired

What American Craft Beer Week Has Inspired We are living in the golden age of American craft beer. You needn’t look any further than the number of bars featuring artisanal beers and the number of breweries rising up across these 50 states to know that craft beer culture is strong. On a daily basis, consumers identify with numerous brands and …

BACKDOOR SLIDER

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DRY-HOPPED SOUR   ABV 5.2%  IBU  7 Fermentables: 2-Row Pale, Wheat, Vienna Hops: Santiam, Citra A “backdoor slider” is a deceptive pitch that starts outside the strike zone but then catches the back corner of the plate. Backdoor Slider is a simple sour ale that leads with Citra hops into a tart finish, with a touch of wheat crackers.

EL DOPA

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PALE ALE   ABV  6.9%  IBU  17 Fermentables: 2-Row Pale, Munich, Crystal, Flaked Oats Hops: Bravo, Cascade, Goldings, Crystal, Meridian A relatively strong (“double”) pale ale brewed with flaked oats, which account for the softer, fuller mouthfeel and the hazy appearance. El Dopa has a restrained bitterness with an intense herbal, floral, almost tea-like flavor and aroma. Incidentally, the name is …

HOW NOW

Brown Ale   ABV 5.4%  IBU 23 Fermentables: 2-row, Victory, CaraMunich, Chocolate Malt Hops/Spices: Santiam, Willamette, Peanut Butter This version of How Now is flavored with PB2, which is a dehydrated peanut butter. Much of the natural oils are removed, which makes it compatible with beer. The base beer is the same as usual, with a hint of caramel malt …