New From Our Pilot Brewery: Experimental Cherry Ale and Amber Ale
Tradition guides, innovation fuels, and taste unites. Those few simple words are the unwritten (until now, we suppose) mantra of our Brewmaster Matt Brophy and his genius team of brewers. And when a 15-barrel* pilot brewery was installed this fall in our brewhouse, we knew we'd see some liquid come through our shiny new toy that would blow our minds.
Now on tap exclusively in our tasting room are two new experimental pilot beers that, yes, blew our goddamn minds: A Cherry Ale and Amber Ale. Both are available starting tonight for growler fills.
Experimental Cherry Ale: 4.7% ABV
The goal was to craft a light, easy-drinking beer that's all about balance. The base recipe is a wheat ale, and sweet and sour cherry puree is added at the beginning of fermentation so that all of the sugar ferments out, but the flavor remains. Creamy wheat, sweet cherries and subtle tartness all come into play in this beer.
Experimental Amber Ale: 6% ABV
Rather than focusing on marrying aspects from all three areas (malt, hops, and yeast), this beer focuses on the malt and yeast strain while employing hops to add contrast and complexity. The malt bill was built around an English yeast strain that imparts bold brown fruit character alongside dark toast and nutty malt notes.
Both beers are on draft only in our tasting room only for a limited time. To make sure they're still on tap before you head out, call our front desk at 301-694-7899.
* A barrel is a standard unit of measurement in the brewing industry. 1 barrel = 31.5 gallons.