What’s Bubbling Away

I was going to keep tight lipped about the beers we’ll be brewing, but since we’re getting somewhat close to releasing them (about 3-4 weeks or so), I’ll tell you about what we’ve brewed so far.  We’re brewing next week, so this won’t be our complete lineup.

Batch No. 1 – Levud’s (discussed in the last post) is a Belgian-style Golden Strong Ale.  This beer showcases the pear-like fruity esters from our yeast, as well as the herbally, refined hop flavor and aroma from Styrian Goldings and Czech Saaz.  It’ll weigh in around 10.5% ABV.  This is a one time release, so we made a healthy amount of it.  We’ll produce a little over 300 cases total.
Orchard White is our Belgian-style witbier.  We brew it with unmalted flaked wheat, oats, malted barley, corriander, orange peel, and lavender.  This is a thirst-quenching beer that will be a year-round offering.  This is one of the few beers we’ll offer on draft.  We brewed a 15 bbl batch and hope it sells quickly so we can brew it again!
Black Orchard is a Belgian-style Black Wheat Beer.  This is an unusual beer, but we think this will be a popular one.  Like Orchard White, it’s brewed with unmalted flaked wheat, oats, and  malted barley.  Unlike Orchard White, we have a proprietary mashing method of adding a lot of color without adding much of a roast flavor.  This beer lives up to the name– it is black!  We also add different spices than we add to Orchard White.  This is one of my favorites, as it’s refreshing and session-able but has some complexity and intangible qualities.  We brewed 15 bbl of this one as well.  With Orchard White, about 50% will be for draft, and the other 50% bottled.
Next week we’ll be brewing Saison Rue and our Anniversary beer.  A little premature to be brewing an anniversary beer?  You’ll change your mind when I describe what we’ll be doing with it.

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