Hello, my name is Jake Endres. I’m 25 years old and I’ve been brewing beer since I turned 21. I really enjoy brewing and want to open my own brewery.
This blog is a place where you can see what I have been up to and watch my progress as a homebrewer. I’m just making beer at home, so I won’t be selling any, just giving it away to anyone who’s interested. I hope to get some feedback and learn a lot over the next year. I’m planning to have lots of opportunities to get people to try what I’ve made and see how great beer made on a small scale can be.
My idea is for a brewery called Crooked Run Brewing. Our guiding principle is simple elegance, and our beers are time-honored styles made using traditional methods. So much has been forgotten since the industrialization of brewing and agriculture, and Crooked Run Brewing is really a revival of the traditional local brewery. When you try Crooked Run beer, you will notice a wonderful flavor that is only found in small, handmade batches. Our session ales are fresher, and our strong ales are aged longer, because we will not operate on the time-table of a large commercial brewery.
Here is a tentative list of some of the best beers I’ve made. Over the next year, I’d like to give people a chance to try them as well as enter them into competitions.
Hopsail: Belgian single. 4.5% ABV. Pilsner malt, floral hops, and Belgian yeast harmonically converge in this easy-drinking Belgian beer. Perfect for a nice day.
Heartsong: Belgian dubbel. 8% ABV. A malt-focused Belgian ale with lots of dark fruit character from Belgian yeast and candi syrup.
Nature’s Warden: American Brown Ale. 6% ABV. This big, hoppy American brown ale is full of piney, resiny hops and chocolate malt.
Storm: American IPA. 7% ABV. With a restrained malt backbone and massive amount of hop flavor, this beer will rock you like a hurricane.
Wild Ale: Flanders brown ale. 5% ABV. A slightly tart brown ale fermented with raspberries and wild yeast.
Showcase Series: A new, different beer each time the old one runs out. These are styles you might not find anywhere else. Examples include Logan’s Song ESB and Wishing Well Dry Stout.
Seek Truth: A big, bourbon barrel-aged old ale.
Warden’s Lament: Sour cherry tripel.
On The Shoulders of Giants: Imperial Belgian IPA.
Under Shadows of Mountains: Imperial Belgian stout.
Force of Nature: Fresh hop Imperial IPA
Realize Truth: Elderberry quadrupel.