It’s vacation time for the staff of the Brit and Yankee, so we are filling in with a couple of short shows containing Instant Brew Reviews. Mark and Phil come across a variety of brews on their travels, and we’d like to share them with you, and give you our opinions and comments on them. If you come across them as well, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’d like to hear your thoughts as well. Cheers!
Backpocket Brewing Co., 903 Quarry Road, Coralville, Iowa 52241
German Dark Lager – 5.3% ABV Brewery Description: This beer pours bright with a deep amber hue. The aroma is dominated by malty bread notes and contains little, to no, hop character. A significant roasted maltiness is clearly present in the flavor, with a balancing sweetness on the back end.
What defines a collaboration brew? And what occasion could spark such an effort?
Phil Clark, ex-pat Englishman, wanted to brew a traditional English Pale ale to commemorate the 90th birthday celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II, that took place this past June in the UK.
We asked our good friends at Hopvine Brewing in Aurora, IL if they might like to participate. Ken McMullen, head brewer, said sure and so the project was born. Using a recipe from co-host Mark Naski, this beer used English ingredients – Maris Otter malt and East Kent Golding hops. Phil went down to the brewery and spent the day with Ken, understanding the process in detail and providing labor as needed.
The result is a beer that has all the maltiness required, and with a lovely mild hoppiness.
This edition of the pubcast records the brew day, the pre-release tasting, and the release day of July 8. We hope you were there, and hope you liked the beer.
Here’s to you Your Majesty, Happy Birthday!
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Phil and the lovely Kimberlee recently headed out to north-west Illinois to visit the Galena Territory area. On the way they stopped by Lena Brewing and got an interview with brewers Tim and Andy, tasted some samples and brought a selection of bombers back for show tastings.
With John Karwoski’s help, Mark and I try their 38° Hefe— 5.8% ABV 13 IBU, one of their most popular summer brews. This is followed by Póg Mo Thóin, Amber Ale – 4.5% ABV, 20 IBU. We will have reviews of some of their other offerings in another show.
We then head to Generations Brewing, in Freeport IL, and bring back a couple of howlers of their special offerings. Ken McMullen from Hopvine Brewing is on-hand to help us taste these and we start with Cherry Czar, a Russian Imperial Stout with cherry puree, 10.4% ABV, 58 IBU.
Last up is Tawny Ale, an oak-aged Irish strong ale, 6.9%, 22 IBU.
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