Sunday, April 26, 2015

Two Minute Brew Day

Yesterday, I had the privilege of brewing beers for my sister's and future brother-in-law's wedding this upcoming June.  They decided on a citrusy blonde ale and a hoppier American pale ale. Both will be great choices for a wedding crowd that will span from BMC drinkers to Colorado hopheads. I had never chronicled my brew day before, so I decided to film a time-lapse video of the brewery and condensed a 10 hour day into 2 minutes. As you can see, brew days also mean visiting with friends and neighbors! The time stamp starts at 6:00 am, but started before the camera was rolling at 5:00 am. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Told you that American Saison was Delicious

Thank you to the 35+ entrants that participated in our 2nd Lil' Brewer Buddy Competition! Without further adieu, our winners are....
First Place: Mike Rivera - IIPA
Second Place: Brett Dilley - Termination Dust Ale
Third Place (Tie): Andrew Lowell - Western Side of the Pond Saison
Third Place (Tie): Brandon Jones - B.A.
We look forward to tasting what Mike & Brewmaster Bryan Selders come up with for their collaboration brew! #PostBrewing #PostLilBrewerBuddy

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

American Saison looking and tasting wonderful. A great blend of fruitiness from the yeast and a tropical fruit and citrus from the Mosaic and Citra hops. It also drinks with a very light mouthfeel and is effervescent.

I named it Western Side of the Pond Saison.

 Currently, grocery stores in Colorado can carry only 3.2 percent beer. Only one location per company can get a liquor license to sell full-strength beer

Once AGAIN, this issue is up for debate in our legislature and it is a BAD idea. The only people that win in this scenario are the large out of state grocery chains. Privately-owned liquor stores and craft breweries will be hurt badly.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Mosaic Hops

I recently had a nice and early brewday at around 4:45a. I knew it was going to be a long one, so tried to get at it early! Its always so nice in the brewery when the sun comes up ans shines in.

I brewed a saison with an American twist to it. With all of the new American hop varieties that are coming out, I decided to use some of them to pair with a saison. I used Inland Island's French Saison strain which is very similar to Wyeast's 3711. A yeast that produces a good balance of phenols and esters (pepper and fruitiness) along with nice citrus notes. Therefore, I paired this yeast with Mosaic and Citra hops, both give flavors and aroma of tropical fruits and citrus. At first taste, this one came out very well. It is lower in ABV than my previous saisons at around 6.3% ABV, but it finished bone dry at 0.5 P. Very nice and should be ready next week...just in time for warmer weather. I also brewed an American pale ale (which I rarely do) with Mosaic and Centennial hops. If you can't tell, I haven't used Mosaic hops before and wanted to see what they would do! The grain bill was simple with mostly pilsner, maris otter, and crystal malts. I tasted this last night and it is extremely drinkable and refreshing. I think this is a good alternative to the enamel-dissolving IPAs that we sometimes encounter. This pale ale gives you the hops that you need along with a light malt backbone. It's great!

My next brewday will involve brewing beers for my sister's wedding this spring. She is getting married in Lyons at an outdoor venue, so her and Charlie will be helping me brew a refreshing citrusy blonde ale and a hop-aggressive IPA that is not bitey but has huge hop flavor and aroma. Special brews for a special day!