Monday, April 11, 2011

Summer Ale, batch 1 of many

Although it seems like only yesterday that I was digging my car out of a snow bank, for like the third time in a week, Summer is getting closer, and with it the May release of our much-loved Summer Ale.  And, as much as I would have liked to hide from the daylight, after the 7th Annual Bluepoint cask festival the day (and night) before, there was beer to brew.

First runnings, batch 1 Local Honey Summer Ale
Wicked-hangover notwithstanding, yesterday (and today) marked the inaugural brew(s) of our Summer Ale.  If last year is any guide, over the next few months, we expect one of our five 30 bbl fermenters to house a fresh batch at all times.

A blend of Pale and Pilsner malt and a touch of Wheat serve as the foundation for this sessionable golden pale ale.  Magnum and Centennial hops provide just enough bitterness to balance the malt and raw local honey that slowly steps forward and takes center stage in this beer.  Pleasantly sweet, with a distinctive floral finish, Summer Ale is a welcome addition to any Summer gathering.

Oxygenated wort running into fermenter.
Check it out.  Let me know what you think.

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