Friday, July 31, 2009
OG: 1.066 (16.5 Plato)
Style: Saison finished with Brettanomyces
Tasting Notes: Golden in color, strong yeast aroma with mild aromas of barnyard and leather from the Brettanomyces. Flavor’s of malt and spice dominate the palate with a dry nutty (malt) character mixed with a funky Brettanomyces finish. The hops are dominate but well placed with-in the brew.
Publication started out as a test beer we called Empirical 7 which was a blonde ale fermented with a Saison yeast I wanted to test out for the PNC beer. The Empirical 7 was extremely hoppy and very very dry and the use of Brett for keg conditioning was very heavy handed. The Empirical 7 was meant to be a test batch for the members of the PNC to taste and based on their feedback I would build the recipe for the first ever PNC beer. At about midnight the night before the brew, over a game of Washoe’s and 10 beers into the night we finally got around to talking about the beer. A higher ABV was requested with more characteristics from the yeast and fermentation were also wanted in the PNC beer. With that in mind I set out to tweak the test batch and brew the next day. In the end I did bump up the malt bill so we could reach an ABV of 8%. I also switched out some of the base 2-row malt for some pilsner malt which would add another dimension with the malt characteristic in the beer. We used the same hop bill as the test batch so with a higher ABV and more malt on the palate the hops would be a little less aggressive. In fermentation we fermented about 6 degrees warmer to get more yeast characteristic in the final beer. Once the beer was ready to keg we used a smaller amount of Brett so there would be more flavor from the fermentation coming through. At a young age, this beer drinks very well, but, there are still some rough edges which will round out nicely as the beer ages.
Brewer / Owner
Russian River Brewing Company
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
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Tuesday, July 14, 2009
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Thursday, July 9, 2009
On Monday July 20th our neighbors from the Fremont Outdoor Cinemas will be celebrating "the Dude" by showing the Big Lebowsky as part of The Lebowsky Fest. Come on in for a Caucasian or two...
Next up, on Wednesday July 29nd its Great Scotts! night...haggis and the beers of Belhaven...
Then on Saturday August 8th the celebration of all things bike rolls in to town with New Belgiums Tour De Fat. We will be in attendance with a limited number of spoke cards that will entitle you to a free New Belgium beer here at the after party. After spending the day at Gasworks park and trading your car for a bike, roll on over for Gold Sprints (think head to head, man to man all out sprints on track bikes), a band and drink specials. This video link here gives you and idea...although we will not have the band playing at the same time as the sprints...
Thursday, July 2, 2009
In other news Rodenbach and Rodenback Grand Cru are back on our shelves, both are 750ml bottles. They have not been available for quite some time and we are happy that they are back on our shelves.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
So after the tapping of the Firestone Walker Double Jack over at Bottleworks @5pm,
we'll be tapping the Firestone Walker Parabola here at Brouwer's Cafe @7pm
Here's the details
An extension of Quercus Alba —the Firestone Walker Barrel aged program.
Russian Imperial Stout
Aged in Bourbon Barrels
15% OATS / HOPPED WITH 100% US GROWN FUGGLES
100% Stainless steel w/2 year maturation in Heavens Hill bourbon barrels