I thought I’d write a little about some recipes that I am very excited about brewing. I’ve really been in the brewing mood lately and have been coming up with some fairly unique approaches to traditional styles. Here are a few of them:
Time Byder: An English old ale, also known as a winter warmer. 6.3% ABV. Named after the lord of the county. Loudoun might have sipped this beer as he (mis)governed like a boss. Made with Maris Otter barley, a generous amount of amber malt and medium caramel malt, and a touch of dark candi syrup in lieu of traditional treacle. A big, sweet, toasty beer for winter evenings that is big on flavor but is uniquely designed to be ready much faster than the typical old ale. I’ve brewed quite a few old ales and this is my attempt to make one that you don’t need to wait a year to drink.
True Vision: Hoppy blonde ale/Belgian IPA. 8% ABV. What if you blended the wonderful grainy malt and yeast flavors of a tripel, and the incredible fruit flavor of Galaxy hops? This 45 IBU beer is low on the bitterness compared to a normal IPA, but is extensively dry-hopped.
Nature’s Warden: Hoppy brown ale. 6% ABV. One of our core beers, Nature’s Warden is a big brown ale with lots of hop flavor. It is sort of the anti-IPA IPA, with a sweet finish and lots of darker malts. Stopping short of roasty, the hops shine through. A threshold addition of juniper berries gives the beer piney complexity.
Red Summer: Apple amber saison. 7% ABV. Lots of caramel and munich malt, with apple tartness and dryness. The contrast between sweet malt and apple creates a wonderfully crisp and malty smooth beer. A touch of cinnamon at the end.