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Fresh on Tap: Grizzly Peak Pils & Robust Porter

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With the 2016 Shakespeare season closing and Summer long behind us; things have been slowing down around this little town of ours. We always appreciate the time to catch our breath and relax just a little before the Holiday madness kicks in. Though some of us are enjoying the little extra down-time, our brewer Larry Chase has been working away like a mad man up in the Brewery.

We’ve tapped two new beers within the last 14 days– and we’ve got another specialty on deck for next week. We won’t divulge the beer that has yet to be tapped (rhymes with marley vine), but we figured we better share the news about our two latest specialty beers!

Grizzly Peak Pils- 5.4% ABV, 40 IBUSSBC

This German-style Pilsner has been welcomed by many happy guests since its tapping. It’s not often that we brew Lagers (not sure about the difference between Ales and Lagers? Check out this link) and we’re always excited when we have them available to enjoy in our brewpub. With its light body and crisp, tingling carbonation– it fits the bill for those looking for a beer on the “lighter” side, while remaining a balanced beer full of bready flavors, herbaceous aromas, and a pleasantly appropriate bitterness. This is a thirst-quenching Pilsner that will carry you to Beer-vana and back to your barstool.

 

Robust Porter- 5.8% ABV, 36 IBU

SSBCOver the past couple years, we’ve had a lot of you come into the brewpub and ask for a Porter. Though Steelcut Stout has been the beer that we’ve suggested for those in search of that particular style, we figured it’s time to give a go at it. I think we all agree, Larry really hit the nail on the head with this one. This opaquely, black as night Porter is everything you could want in a 16oz. glass. Its full body and velvety mouthfeel greets you at first sip, with a chewy richness and a grainy, dry finish. It has intense flavors of dark chocolate, notes of espresso and hints of dark fruits. This Porter is the perfect company for a dark, rainy day– but we would just as happily enjoy it on a sunny one too.

Next time you’re in the brewpub, give our brewer Larry a big bear hug. He’s 2-2 with some tasty brews that we think he hit straight out of the park. We love these new beers and while he’s slaving away up in the brewery, hauling grain and cleaning tanks– we promise to do our part and enjoy these new specialties with the utmost respect and admiration; sip by sip…it’s a tough job, but someones gotta do it.

Here’s to you, Larry!

 

New Specialty Beer on Tap: Victory Lager

As the last leaves fall from the trees and thoughts start turning toward winter, the craft-beer drinker may still be craving autumn’s Octoberfest-style lagers with an eye on winter’s richer ales. Time for our latest specialty beer on tap: Victory Lager.

It gets its name from the Victory malts used in the brewing process. Victory malt gives this beer its toasty, biscuit-like flavor with a low hop bitterness. It is a Vienna-style lager, characterized by baked-bread like aromas and a mild sweetness.

Pair this beer with any of our grilled menu items such as 5 Spice Ginger-Teriyaki Ribs or our famous One-Mile Farm Burgers, and let the rich, malty flavors of this crisp cold-weather lager shine through.

Victory Lager Characteristics

Style:  Vienna-style Lager

Color:  Deep Gold
Aroma:  Baking bread
Mouthfeel:  Medium
Flavor:  Toasty and biscuit with low bitterness
Alcohol:  5.6%
IBU:  15 (estimate)

Original Extract:  13.1 Plato (% sugar in the wort prior to fermentation)

Malt

  • Weyermann Organic Pilsner (German malt)
  • Briess Victory®
  • Briess Organic Carapils®
  • Acidulated

Hops

  • Bittering:  Organic Sterling
  • Flavor/Aroma:  Organic Hallertau, Organic Sterling

(*photo by Marina Pecoraro)