Unicorn Tears 3

Unicorn Tears 3

by Connor Creighton June 24, 2020

This time, we’re taking the idea of a wheat beer and colliding it at high speed with the delicious, aromatic, Strata hops. Strata has quickly become a KJ favourite for its explosive notes of mango, passion fruit, and strawberry. The resulting beer has the classic fruity, banana like notes of a wheat beer with the Michael Bay esque boom boom flavour of a super hopped beer. Like wheat beers, the bitterness is low – but the hops add a distinct dimension to it.
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Let's KICK Some ICE

Let's KICK Some ICE

by Connor Creighton May 30, 2020

Made exclusively with CRYO hops, this beer is bursting with huge hop flavour. It has the classic Mosaic hop flavour dialled to 11. Click to watch Mr. Freeze puns, stay for the beer!
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KRISPY Lager

KRISPY Lager

by Connor Creighton May 01, 2020

The weather is about to warm up, and that means it is officially lager season! But alas, despite being the ideal time to drink lagers, spring and summer are never good times to make lagers. It is too damn hot! Lagers traditionally need to be fermented at 10-14°C for weeks at a time. Slight deviations from that can have profound consequences on the taste of the beer.

Well, here comes Escarpment Labs to the rescue! They have developed a special strain of yeast that is designed to make clean, lager like beers that are meant to be fermented in warmer temperature. The KRISPY strain should be fermented between 20-30°C – which is perfect for the spring and summer!

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Magnetic Balls

Magnetic Balls

by Connor Creighton March 31, 2020

Featuring a couple of exciting new hops that have recently arrived, this is one hell of an IPA. The Strata and Sabro hops add a distinct orange, citrus, and tropical fruit flavour. This beer is bursting with flavour but is well balanced by the IBUs and light malt profile. We’re using a special yeast from Norway to really enhance the hop flavours and aroma. We tested this recipe with a few different yeast strains and Arset Kveik was far away the winner.
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Hemlock Mill Kölsch

Hemlock Mill Kölsch

by Connor Creighton February 24, 2020

Knocking down walls, building desks, laying floor, and building new rooms is hot and sweaty work. For the last couple of months behind the scenes, we (Adrian) have been knee deep in renovations. One thing that quenches your thirst after some hard manual labour is a cold glass of beer. This month’s beer is the epitome of that philosophy.

Named after our brand-new mill room, which is made from beautiful re-claimed hemlock beams – Hemlock Mill Kölsch is an extremely easy drinking Kölsch. It is well balanced, with a light honey sweetness that makes it super crushable. It is hopped just enough for balance and a bit of fruit character.

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Homestretch Pale Ale

Homestretch Pale Ale

by Connor Creighton January 31, 2020

It’s the dead of winter and we’ve been drowning our malaise in thick porters and stouts. There is still lots of winter left, and yet, we are also embarking on the last leg of this winter journey. This beer is a homage to both heavy winter beers, and lighter spring brews. It features a malt heavy profile that is bolstered by a sweet bitterness imparted by the Sabro hops and the Escarpment Labs produced Voss Kveik yeast.
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Dirty Blonde

Dirty Blonde

by Connor Creighton December 30, 2019

This month’s beer is brought to you by Robyn! This is the first beer she has designed and brewed herself. She approached the design process like a new homebrewer (because that is what she is).

See as she goes through the process of designing, and brewing her very own beer recipe!

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It's Going to Be a WHITE GRISTMAS

It's Going to Be a WHITE GRISTMAS

by Connor Creighton December 05, 2019

This beer is deceptive looking. From simply looking at it, it appears to be a simple gold coloured beer. You might think to yourself that this will be a light, crisp blonde ale – but you would be wrong. Close your eyes and take a sip; your brain will be convinced that this beer is dark stout. White Gristmas is a full bodied, thick tasting beer with STRONG notes of coffee and chocolate.

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Free Willamette

Free Willamette

by Connor Creighton November 01, 2019

November's Beer of the Month is our award winning Free Willamette. It is a classic example of the California Common beer style. Made like a lager, it has rich malty notes balanced by strong hop character, while still being light and crisp like a lager.
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3rd Time Lucky | Beer of the Month October 2019

3rd Time Lucky | Beer of the Month October 2019

by Connor Creighton October 09, 2019

This is a beer we have been trying to make a long long time. Our initial efforts were all (delicious) failures. Even though they were double IPAs, we found them way too bitter. Finally, we figured out the solution to the bitterness problem. Once we sorted that out, everything else fell into place. This is a big, bold IPA that has tonnes of fruit forward hop flavour with just the right amount of finishing bitterness.
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Full-Time Saison

Full-Time Saison

by Connor Creighton August 29, 2019

July 16, 2019 – A day that will live in infamy. For this day was Devon’s first full-time shift here at KJ. She transitioned from working an easy breezy 4-day work week up to the full-time grind. Nothing will ever be the same here! Things are more organized, the smell of bleach wafts out daily from the production area, and the floors are shinier than ever. However, before she got to work fixing up the shop – she did the most important thing an employee can do here (aside from mopping) - She made a beer. This recipe and beer was 100% designed and brewed by Devon.
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Boring Brown Ale

Boring Brown Ale

by Connor Creighton July 29, 2019

WHAT we have here today is a delicious, well balanced, malt forward English style brown ale. Featuring our freshly arrived English East Kent Golding hops along with some nice dark specialty malts. It’s got a great colour but isn’t too heavy either. It may not be the most exciting beer you’ve ever tried, but its damned tasty, and goes with just about anything. Is it tasty in the summer? Yep. Is it delicious in January? Hell yes. Is it a great accompaniment after a day working in the sun? Unquestionably! So, get over the boring nature of this beer, brew the hell out it, and enjoy!
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