Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Stark & Teutonic



Clever Brit take on a German style:
Our DoppelHop is a pale Bock Bier brewed, of course, in full accordance with the Bavarian purity law (the Reinheitsgebot - actually pretty much all our beer is brewed in accordance with this anyway) whereby the only ingredients allowed are water, yeast, malt & hops. As with many Oktoberfest Biers it is slightly on the strong side. But unlike most it is dryish, and very hoppy. We've used proper imported Bavarian Pilsner, Vienna & Munich malts to give the beer a full body, allowing us to hop on the 'refreshing' side.


Serving Suggestion:




Sunday, August 14, 2011

Barley, Rosemary, Sage and Yeast




I didn't get to try all the beers I had hoped to at yesterday's UNICO Microbrew Festival. I missed out on the Boulevard Dubbel Nommo, the New Belgium Super Cru and the Green Flash Summer Saison. But I also didn't walk away with double vision and a splitting headache the next day, so there's that.


Ms. Mo and I met up with DJ Beer and Dubbel Blonde. We were later joined by Just Belgian. Here, Dubbel Blonde demonstrates how to properly shoot from the hip:



I did get to try the Deschutes Conflux No. 2 side by side with the Boulevard Collaboration No. 2. I prefer the Conflux over the Boulevard version by a wide margin, which makes me sad for my hometown brewer.


One of the other stars of the show was a beer I might have passed up if Ms. Mo and Dubbel Blonde had not raved about it so much: Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat. It is important to note that Ms. Mo's go to beer is MGD 64. So, when you make a stout that Ms. Mo raves about, you have really accomplished something.


We did spent some time scoping out the style preferred by Just Belgian:



Since Doodle Brewing was there, we headed that way and tried the Dubbel Doodle which we really enjoyed.



I was excited to meet the founder of Doodle Brewing, Nick Vaughn. I asked him if he is still self-distributing, and he reported that he now has a Missouri distributor for Jackson, Clay and Platte counties, which is excellent news.


The highlight of the day was when I asked Nick if he had any other beers in the pipeline and he said, "Funny you should ask" as he reached down and produced a 22 oz. bottle and proceeded to pour samples for me, DJ Beer and Just Belgian. It was a dark beer and poured with a fairly thin tan head. It had a malty aroma. The big surprise was in the taste. First, I guessed oregano and Nick waived me off. Then I guessed rosemary, and Nick confirmed it had rosemary and sage. Nick explained this beer, "fits perfectly with the style of a Belgian Spiced Porter". Nick's tongue was sitting squarely in his cheek as he said this.





I have never had a beer with this level of herbs, so at first I was a bit taken aback, but I quickly warmed to the flavor and went back for a second sample. This is audacious brewing at its best and something I would really like to try again.