What's up in the brewery?
Time for a quick update from the beer kitchen. We have a few changes coming as well as some already arrived changes.
First the Black Pig (8%abv) is back. This beer was made for the first time last year to celebrate our 15th anniversary. It is a Black IPA or Cascadian Dark Ale, a new beer style becoming quite popular in the US. I wrote more about this style last year in an earlier blog post.
The next change will be that the Belhop will run out shortly. This Belgian Pale Ale has been on tap for the last five to six months and was one of my favourites. Made using typical English Pale Ale malts, bold American hops and fermented with a distinctive Belgian yeast, this beer was another new style resulting from the apparent unlimited fount of possibilities in the craft beer world. However it did not sell well at Brewerkz despite being the first choice of many of our imbibers. We will make it again.
The next new beer to come on tap will be the return of the American Pale Ale. It was brewed just yesterday (May 16) and should be ready about four weeks later so mid June. This is another of my favourites that I brew. In fact usually when I am traveling in North America visiting breweries this is the style I look for the most. Typically around 5.5%abv and loaded with assertive American hop flavours, this beer hits my "sweet spot".
Also coming soon is a new fruit beer, Blackberry Ale. We have just taken the Honey Apricot recipe and replaced Apricots with Blackberries. We plan to make a few batches so it will be on tap for a few months. We also plan to bottle it but only in the smaller 330mL size. We will return to the Apricot subsequently.
The Kolsch also will be back in mid to late June replacing the Wheat Beer. It would be nice to have both on tap always as they each sell very well and have their loyal followings but due to yeast management issues this is not currently possible.
Further out we also plan to bring back the Oktoberfest beer in September and also we are looking into making a Ginger Beer, perhaps using some lime and honey as well.
Regarding our bottle program, we have recently been putting more of our beers into the smaller 330mL size. Some guests prefer this size but also as we look to place our beers into other restaurants and bars, this size is more attractive.
Please continue to enjoy the beers, either in one of our pubs or at home with some of our bottles or 5L minikegs.
Bye for now,
Scott, chief beer cook.