My wife and I (Connor) were re-watching Brooklyn 99 and in one of the final scenes in season 2, episode 22 (it’s on Netflix!) Holt became my favourite character. He tells Jake. Call me…. VELVET THUNDER in his perfect, Shakespearian voice. Right then, I knew we needed to name a beer after that. But, what kind of beer is worthy of the name VELVET THUNDER?
This is the SIBLING to our Pink October Red IPA. The story behind this beer is that when making the Pink October recipe, we were trying to decide between two different RED IPA recipes we had made. We really enjoyed both, and we could not pick – so we decided to do both – just on different months!
All in all, this beer will share many similarities with Pink October, but is different enough to stand on its own. It will have a brilliant red colour, which will be enhanced by not adding dry hops. Instead of big fruit forward notes, it will have a great malt/pine/citrus balance that will be super crushable.
This month’s beer is brought to you by Jeremy, he wanted to make a bayou themed beer named after his favourite fictional Bluegrass band: The Soggy Bottom Boys. This recipe is his take on “Mississippi Mud”, a Black and Tan slow brewed beer from you guessed it, Mississippi. Black and Tans are a traditional blend of pale and dark beers that lend to some very unique brews.
While this is a porter, the Pilsner base keeps it light. The addition of a multitude of darker malts add complexity and depth. The end result is a beer that is light enough to be drank on a hot summers day, but complex enough to be enjoyed by the campfire. Close out the rest of the summer with this delicious enigma of a brew!
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!
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.
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!