Kiwi Rising, our Double India Pale Lager made with all New Zealand hops, will be available at the brewery this Thursday. Clocking in at 8.5% abv and 105 IBUS, this DIPL will be available in 500ml bottles and growlers. In addition, American Brewed will be on-site for the release to film for their upcoming TV pilot. Kiwi Rising will be distributed to all of our markets in MA, CT, VT and Upstate NY.
This Wednesday, 10/15, we will be releasing our Cranberry Barrel Aged Berliner Lager. Since July, we have been aging our Berliner Lager in oak barrels with three different fruits. The barrel aging allowed for the fruit and wild fermentation to add a new complexity to the beer. The first release will be our cranberry version, which will be available only at the brewery for tastings and 32oz growlers.
Each of the next three weeks will see the release of a new variety. Cherry will be released on 10/22, Plum on 10/29 and there will be a blended version of all three available 11/5. In addition to these fruit versions there is a Brettanomyces version that will be released at a later time.
Named in honor of four weddings involving brewery staff, this is our 2nd take on a barrel aged lager wine. This 13% abv beer was brewed last winter and has been aged in bourbon barrels. While Bride Maker is the same style of beer as Baby Maker, the recipe was reworked. The main difference is the use of Special B malt to give it more color and body as well as notes of caramel, toffee and dark fruits. We feel that Bride Maker is a sweeter, more well rounded take on the style.
We currently have four different beers that we are souring in barrels at the brewery, most of which have several variants. This week we added fruit to barrels of our Berliner Lager and thought that now was a good time for a status report on sour program.
- Berliner Lager - In July we filled up some oak barrels with our Berliner Lager. This week we split the barrels into four different varieties and added something extra to each. Three of them got fruit, either cherries, cranberries or plums. The last variety got Brettanomyces, a wild yeast. We are hoping to release these beers around Thanksgiving.
- Golden Sour and Sour Red – This golden lager has been aging in red wine barrels with Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus and Pediococcus since last September. We are hoping it will be ready sometime during the winter, though we are still monitoring its progress. We will be adding fruit to some of the barrels soon.
- Sour Time Lager - Sour Time Lager was meant to be a yearly release that was made using the previous summer’s Leisure Time Lager. Our first batch came out last summer. This past year we only had 3 barrels of it, so instead of a very limited release we decided to use this beer to start a Solera program at the brewery. What this means is that we divided up those 3 barrels into 20 new barrels and topped them off with fresh beer. While this means no Sour Time this year, it increases our ability to make it going forward. More importantly, this process is the start of our own house sour culture of Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus and Pediococcus that we will make use of as we continue to expand our sour program.
This Saturday we are having our hop picking event at the brewery from 10am-2pm. We need help picking all hops that we grow at the brewery, our parent’s farm, as well as some from local farms. These hops will be used for our Mom And Pop’s Wet Hop Beer.
For those that do not know what a wet hop beer is, it is when you brew with hops the same day they are picked. Once hops are picked, that either have to be brewed with that same day or dried and processed for later use. We make use of our locally grown hops and will be brewing with them as they are picked.
There are a lot of hops to pick and we need your help! Everyone that comes will get a certificate for a growler. You can come anytime during the event for as short or long as want. Every bit of help is appreciated.
We’ve been honored and humbled by the tremendous support that the community has shows us over the past three years. To celebrate our third anniversary, we are brewing a special release in appreciation of all of our supporters and the Town of Framingham. Framingham Lager will be released on June 18th.
Framingham Lager is a traditional American style lager. We use 100% high quality, 2-row malt and 100% real hops. No adjuncts. Honest ingredients, traditionally brewed.
We will be donating a portion of Framingham Lager proceeds to the Framingham Downtown Renaissance, our partner in giving back to the community. Framingham Downtown Renaissance, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation committed to facilitating the development of Downtown Framingham as a vibrant blend of commercial and residential mixed-use. The money we raise will be used primarily to recruit public and private partnerships and investment, in order to generate jobs and income, increase community connections and support good design at a location that is highly visible and critically important to the MetroWest region.