Our apologies for having not updated here in so long but we’ve been busy preparing to move, moving, then getting settled in. However, there are updates to be had! Just to name a few, our pale ale is finally ready, we’ve been busy this past week enjoying Philly Beer Week, and of course, with moving we are upgrading our brewery with bigger and better equipment.
First and foremost, the pale ale has finished fermenting, moved onto bottling and is finally ready to drink! As this was a very experimental brew, we weren’t positive how it would turn out, and much to our surprise it was not quite what we planned, but certainly not in a bad way. The main experiment was with adding honey for flavor and aroma, but the yeast gobbled it all up quite well, along with everything else. It was a very efficient fermentation to say the least, but with a final alcohol by volume of 7.6% it was way over what we had intended. It has a slightly dry finish which is typical when adding honey, but there are still subtle hints of honey aroma and flavor. Overall, it definitely screams “pale ale” but we certainly did not achieve the more creamy, smooth body we were hoping for. However, we certainly don’t plan to quit there, just go back to the drawing board with tweaking our ingredients and process. This is still a very refreshing brew, just in time for summer to kick in. Enjoy!
Philly Beer Week is the gathering of breweries big and small, near and far in Philadelphia for the celebration of great beer. With countless events across the Philly region, it certainly provides endless opportunities to explore your beer palate. If you missed out this year, we better see you out next year!
At the start of Philly Beer Week, we had a wonderful opportunity to be introduced to a brewery a bit out of our region otherwise. If you haven’t had a chance, we highly recommend checking out Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project, who we had the chance to sample their awesome brews Jack D’Or, an American Saison (inspiring!); Baby Tree, a quadrupel brewed with plums (simply amazing!); St. Botolph’s Town, a brown ale (to die for!) and Field Mouse’s Farewell, impossible to describe except to say, a brilliant blend of grains including rye, oats, wheat and barley. Definitely check them out, you won’t be disappointed!
To say the least, Philly Beer Week has been great, and it certainly didn’t stop just there. Ranging from exclusive beers for beer week to great food and beer pairings, there hasn’t seemed to be a time of day something isn’t going on. Again, if you’ve missed out this year, definitely check it out next!
Finally, as noted, we’ve moved! The new house is bigger and better and provides room we can better dedicate to expanding our equipment for both brewing and fermenting. Thanks to everyone who helped with the move, we’ll certainly be passing more beer your way. We’ve been off the radar for a little while with packing everything up, moving and finally unpacking and settling in, but things are shaping up quite well and we’re hoping to push out some new batches very soon.
Down the pipeline we have a few ideas in mind, but nothing set in stone yet. We’re hoping to push out a hefeweizen before summer is out, but with a demand for more Ale Bock we may need to work a little magic. We also have some plans to modify a few existing recipes, including a hoppier version of the Ale Bock and a creamier version of our Honey Pale Ale. We’ll be sure to keep you all informed of where we go next.