Hoppy 2015 Intraweb!
That's right we're rolling in the new year with a bang! I know it's been a hot minute since we've sent out a JLBooze Letter, but it's been a crazy January. From organizing our first anniversary party, to brewing our first lager, we've had our hands full. Not to mention the crazy amount of support and visitors we experienced over the holidays.
Jumping straight into beer, we've got some fun stuff brewing... Anticipating the slowdown after the holidays we decided to get all mad scientist and brew our first ever lager. Utilizing White Labs American Lager Yeast, and a grain bill split between Pilsner and 2-Row Pale, our Gullllllllllllllager will be rolling in just shy of 4% ABV with an IBU of 18. I can almost hear the hop heads out there crying about that last part, but before you get all seppuku on us give me a chance to elaborate... International Bitterness Unit (IBU) only measures the amount of bitterness, not the amount of hop flavor and aroma (not really sure how to measure that cuz I'm not a chemist). We plan to dryhop this beer with over 22lbs of Falconer's Flight (which is a blend of some of the most sought after aroma hops from the Pacific Northwest). So though this beer will not be bitter hoppy by any means, it will be jammed packed with tropical, floral, lemony, grapefruitesk hop magic. So technically this little gem will be an Xtra Pale Lager (XPL).
Also brewing is our next batch of Kilmister Ginger Beer. With 30% more ginger and a slightly lower alcohol level, we're really excited to get everyone's opinion on this ever evolving fermulation. Lastly our newest batch of Hutte Double IPA stalled on it's fermentation, so we had to blast it with some of the American Lager Yeast from the Gulllllllllllllllager to get it back on track. What this will do for the final beer we have no idea, but be sure to come by and try it late February.
On the event front, mark your calendars because we're planning to have our first anniversary party Sunday June 21st (summer solstice). Also of note is this year's 3rd Annual June Lake Autumn Beer Festival slated for Saturday October 10th (get more info and your tickets HERE). Both of these highly anticipated events will draw large crowds, so get all of your lodging locked down ASAP so that you aren't left out in the cold.
In closing thank you everyone for the tremendous amount of support we received in 2014, we couldn't have done this without you. Here's to an amazing 2015!