A Homebrew Ménage à Trois

Of course, as soon as I post about getting back to beer blogging, I get a ton of work dumped on me. Ugh…an article on various forms of beer haze will have to wait, but homebrewing can’t. No fermentation makes me a sad panda, so I knocked out a ménage à trois of Saisons this weekend.

The first fermenter is a yeast/brett blend that’s getting kegged on copious amounts of dry hops for what should be a funky/hop fruity kick when it’s done.

img_2740The small one in the middle is a half gallon of an experimental beta White Labs saison/brett blend, which only doles out 15 billion cells (i.e. barely enough for a half gallon of low gravity wort). It’s not a good idea to yeast start brett blends, so I’ll have to live with the 5-6 bottles I get. The aroma out of the bubbler is already tantalizing.

The last is also yeast/brett fermented, but going to get a cheaty sour treatment. It’s cheaty due to the half ounce of 88% lactic acid I’m going to add during the back end of fermentation. The base beer is 80 IBU, far higher than a souring bacteria can handle, so traditional methods are out. This will at least give me an idea if I can adapt this recipe or blend in a separate soured wort with any kind of positive results.

These should be ready to taste test in a couple months along with some bottles of brett saison I did a year ago, one of which was on apricots. If you’re interested in trying these, I’ll let you know when and where in the near future.

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Lavery – Imperial French Ale (Tequila Barrel-Aged)

Lavery - TequilaAll You Need to Know

Brewery: Lavery Brewing
Style: Saison/Farmhouse
ABV: 11.5%
Cost: $14 (22oz)
Glassware: Tulip/Wine
Temp: 55°F
Availability: Limited
Purchased@: Hunger n Thirst

Quick Take: The lack of sweet or bitter elements to balance out the spicy alcohol makes this an easy pass for me. If you want tequila but for some reason don’t want to drink the real thing or want it with a more manageable ABV, this is for you. If you want a Saison with just a touch of booze and tequila spice, this may very well flatten you. I have an intense dislike of this version of Lavery’s Imperial French Ale and plan on never letting it near my mouth, nose or any other orifice again.

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Episode 8 – Southern Tier – Grand Arbor

Episode 8 of Drew’s Brews Reviews is here! The beer review show you never knew you wanted and no one needs. I take it easy in this episode with an easy drinkin’ Belgian Farmhouse beer from Southern Tier. It’s fermented with maple syrup to give it an earthiness that seemed to elude me when I tasted it. Ah well, I also talk about the label artist Nate Duval, compare this beer in a flute and snifter, and marvel as Goatboy makes a minor appearance! Yup, Goatboy, the Imperial Weizenbock mascot I never knew I wanted.

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