Beers

Updated 2016-12-24.

You can find pages for each of my beers here. On each page I will try to share my thoughts on the inspirations for my beers, their names, some notes on their evolution as I tinker with the recipes, and any social media updates or pictures I’ve shared about them.

All of my beers are on Untappd, please check in if I’ve managed to share a bottle with you or you received or sample one through a friend of mine.

Here are some groupings of the different beers I make to understand a few ways I think about them.

Seasonal

I definitely try to observe some sense of seasonality, with lighter and more refreshing beers in the warmers months and more substantial and hearty beers in the colder months. I also do some annual one off brews, usually right at the start of the year.

Spring

Summer

Autumn

Winter

One Time

  • Pierian Spring – Made in the Summer of 2015, a Hefeweizen with rhubarb
  • First Citizen – A variation on a Kentucky common made with locally grown barley and rye that I made early in 2017.
  • For the Win – Made at the start of 2016, an English porter with cold pressed coffee
  • Moderate Imperfection – Made at the start of 2015, an English barley wine based on Modest Imperfection
  • Majestic Simplicity – Made over the Summer and Fall of 2016, a special occasion beer that is a project unto itself
  • Undeserved Praise – Made at the end of Summer 2106, a variant on my best bitter made with caramel rye malt.
  • Top of the World – Made at the start of 2017, a cream ale featuring locally grown and malted barley.
  • Pirate King – Made at the start of 2017, a wee heavy aged for a year and conditioned with Scotch infused oak.

Flavor

My current inspiration are historic British beers. Even within that realm, there are a wide variety of tastes to explore, more than I think most people realize. For those not as familiar with my beers, I thought I would also try to organize them by some sense of flavor.

Hoppy

  • A Sprig of Grass – an English IPA, very heavily hopped but with a decent malt character to balance
  • Foreign Country – an English best bitter, bitter but not as heavily hopped as the IPA, a bit more crystal malt sweetness in the grain bill

Malty

  • Pirate-in-Chief – a Scottish 80 shilling export ale, not too dissimilar for paler English beers bit with a touch of roast barley for color and a hint of smoke and an extended boil to enhance the sweet complexity of the malt
  • Best Interest – an English mild, the original session beer that is all about the malt with just a hint of hoppiness for balance
  • Friendship’s Shrine – an English brown ale with cinnamon, vanilla and cocoa
  • True Politeness – an English brown porter

Heavy

  • Modest Imperfection – a historic Burton ale re-creation, I’ve made a barley-wine version of this beer and a table beer version but historically it seems to be somewhere in between so from 2016 it will be more of a winter warmer
  • Rambling Digression – an English Old Ale, this beer is all about rich compexity with tons of dark and dried fruit notes along with plenty of alcohol and residual sweetness
  • Cursing the Darkness – While technically a sweet stout, this recipe, thanks to Ron Pattinson, actually looks like it will end a bit drier and hoppier than most other examples of the style.

Retired or On Hiatus

As my set of recipes has grown, there are some beers I have retired or taken out of rotation for the time being.

  • Sun Dial in the Shade – an English oatmeal stout, one of my oldest recipes that I am re-thinking in terms of how and where it fits and what I might like to do with it should I start making it again
  • Dye-cast – a Belgian dubbel, as much as I love drinking Belgians, this one, another of my oldest recipes and one of my favorites, doesn’t quite fit in with the current rotation

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