Tomorrow we are releasing our Barrel Aged Saxonator. It will be available at the brewery in bottles and on draft for samples and snifters.
This week we’ll be releasing what we are calling a Berliner Braun Lager. This is a spin on a traditional Berliner Weisse, which is usually low in ABV, light in color, brewed with wheat and quite tart. Our version is darker and stronger than normal. The plan was to age all of this beer is being aged in bourbon barrels with tart cherries. However, when we tried it before putting it in the barrels we thought it stood up on its own and decided to release a small amount of the unaged version on Friday, 2/7. It will be available in bottles and on draft, no growlers.
We brewed this beer for two reasons:
- We wanted to brew a beer that would age well in Bourbon Barrels.
- We wanted to hone in a process for which to brew a traditional Berliner Weiss for the summer
Berliner Braun uses a sour mashing process to force a sour fermentation. A strong lactic and funky fermentation ensues for twenty four hours before the beer is boiled and fermented as normal. The PH of this beer dropped from 5.2 to 3.4 overnight. This unaged version is tart, sour, and has a corresponding dark fruit malt character. We decided that instead of aging all of it, we will release a small amount of it before it goes into barrels.
Unlike a traditional Berliner Weisse our version features a lot of dark malt character which lends a deep fruited flavor and slight residual sweetness. We plan to capitalize on these flavors by aging the majority of this beer on Tart Cherries in Bourbon Barrels. We hope to have this aged version available for the summer! Also look out for a more traditional Berliner Weisse beer this summer.
Big, bold, black and aged in bourbon barrels with either coffee or vanilla beans. The lengthy barrel conditioning period creates a silky smooth chocolatey mouth feel enhanced by the use of oats and brown sugar. Noticeable sweetness gets balanced by roasted malt and hop bitterness.
OG 23.5 Plato / IBUs 55 / 10% ABV
Starting this Thursday, January 9th, we will be serving full pours of our beers in our tasting room. For this week we will be keeping our current hours. Starting next week we will be open Wednesday-Saturday, 12-8pm.
Our regular beers will be available in pint and half pint glasses, as well as 4oz tasting glasses. Our higher alcohol beers will be available in snifters and 4oz tastings. Flights of 4oz samples will also be available for those looking to try several beers.
Mass Rising, our gold medal winner at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival for Other Strong Beer, is now available in 4-packs of 12 ounce bottles. It is available now in our tasting room for growlers and bottles, and will soon hit our regular distribution.
Mass Rising is a Double India Pale Lager. In the spirit of our local history we are revolting against the status quo. We are writing our own story by fueling the fire surrounding extra hoppy beers. We infuse Mass Rising with increasing amounts of American hops during the kettle, hopbock and dry hopping processes. Together, we have taken a journey to redefine the term ‘lager.’
OG 17.5 Plato / IBUs 100 / ABV 8%