Rainy October Wednesday greetings all,
This October takes on a Hoptober feel for us starting tomorrow (Thursday October 11th) with the triumphant return of DIPAer DANKY Double IPA on tap! First released on 4/20 this year, DIPAer Danky was a smash hit and didn’t last long on tap at both of our locations. Expect a beautiful mix of dank, resiny, citrusy hops (Chinook, Simcoe, Mosaic, Rakau and Citra) coupled with a fairly significant malt backbone and balancing hop bitterness. The double dry-hopping combo of Rakau and Citra adds a wonderful lemongrassy/dank aroma. It finished out at 8.3% ABV.
DIPAer Danky is my homage to two classic DIPAs: Russian River’s Pliny the Elder and Heady Topper from The Alchemist!
It will be on tap at our Taproom (1444 E. Wash) at 3pm and our Westport Brewhaus at 4pm.
Next up for Parched Eagle Hoptober is the return of UTOPIAN w/Mosaic Imperial (Double) IPA! Our original DIPA is slated to be back on tap at both locations on Friday October 19th. This huge beer is a marriage of Maris Otter and Crystal malts, organic fair trade Demerara sugar, and waves of Simcoe, Chinook, Amarillo AND Mosaic hops! 9% abv and 107 IBUs.
Our original plan was to have a Double IPA Smackdown event with both these beers on tap on October 11th but issues with Utopian’s fermentation have dictated a delay for a week. What it comes down to is this: the yeast is in charge until it’s done doing it’s job. That said both will be on tap starting on 10/19 for smackdown tasting purposes! Sounds fun, huh?
THEN the following Friday (10/26) our flagship HOP-BEARER IPA returns on tap! And yes once again it’s Hop-Bearer w/Mosaic as the first batch with Mosaic hops in place of Citra (for flavor/aroma along with Amarillo) was an absolute smash hit at both locations and will be back by popular demand to round out our Hoptober releases.
Hop Heads of the world unite this Hoptober!
This Friday CATCHER’S MITT India Brown Lager returns on tap at both locations as Major League Baseball’s division playoff series get under way! This annual autumnal release has been quite popular and the ’18 batch is showing considerable potential. A couple of years ago Bryan Richgels of the Mason Lounge asked me if I’ve ever heard of an “IBL” (I hadn’t) and suggested that we brew one and indeed we have! Weighing in at 7% abv, Catcher’s Mitt is kind of like a fairly hoppy American Brown Ale (or more accurately an India Brown Ale as IBL implies) fermented with lager yeast so it has a nicely clean/crisp finish. Nicely dry-hopped with Amarillo, too. All hail October baseball with Catcher’s Mitt!
And, as tough as catchers’ mitts have to be, this batch of Catcher’s Mitt has overcome a very badly timed (temporary) breakdown of our glycol chiller, leading to (very) warm fermentation temperatures for three days. As a result ’18 Catcher’s Mitt is a bit higher than the target of 6% abv and a tad more fruity. So, also all hail Wyeast Labs’ California Lager yeast strain, which more than admirably handled the inadvertent very high fermentation temperatures for a few days.
Hoppy Monday all,
Friday after next our flagship beer HOP-BEARER IPA returns on tap but with a twist as this batch features Mosaic hops! Mosaic used in place of Citra for both the boil and dry-hop additions. Hence the double dry-hopping combo for this batch is Mosaic (seven days before kegging) and Amarillo (four days before kegging). “Mo” (as it’s called by some) features mango, lemon, citrus, earthy pine, tropical fruit, and stone fruit notes and is similar to Citra but with a bit of a sweeter citrusy/fruity profile. This batch is coming along quite nicely and will be freshly ready for its release at both locations on Friday the 14th starting at 3: hop heads of the world unite!
Excellently adding to the appeal for the debut of Hop-Bearer w/Mosaic this Friday is the fact that this is also the birthday party for Parched Eagle Vice President/Maintenance Manager and all around good guy Tom Christie: come hoist a glass with Tom!
On the heels of our participation in the Great Taste of the Midwest this past weekend next Friday THE WEAKLING Belgian Tripel makes its debut at our E. Wash Taproom (1444 E. Washington Avenue)! For The Weakling we use Wyeast Labs’ seasonal release Canadian/Belgian yeast strain, which originally comes from Unibroue. This is a dynamite choice for the Tripel style that showcases the malt profile along with appropriate light fruit esters (e.g. lemons and oranges) and some of its own spicy character. Also expect good balancing hop bitterness along with a bit of Saaz noble hop flavor and aroma. We brewed it once before two years ago and it was a hit, including a 4.04 rating on Untappd. 9% ABV and not weak at all (but very smooth)!
We also welcome one of Madison’s newest food carts–PERUVIAN LOCOS–to our Taproom and they’ll be out front serving their delicious South American fare from 5 to 8. Should make for some interesting food and beer pairings. Salud!
The Weakling will of course also be returning on tap at our Westport Brewhaus on Friday starting at 3, after an hiatus of almost two years (way too long for this elegant beer).
Happy Summer all,
This Saturday June 30th at 3PM at both locations we welcome the return of COLLAB WEIZENBOCK! The first batch was a collaboration with our buddies Working Draft Beer Company and was a smash hit at both of our locations when released in mid-February, lasting for less than a week. Then it was one of the most popular guest beers on tap for Working Draft’s opening days. So, we’re excited to have this wonderful wheat ale back on tap next weekend.
Weizenbock is a cool style: a true melding of Dunkles Bock and Weissbeer with rich Munich malt character coupled with the hallmark banana and clove of Weissbeer yeast strains. This batch is showing a ton of promise and will be about 7% ABV. Also Collab Weizenbock is the second in our series of three wheat beers we’re releasing in a row this summer: in between WESTPORTER WEISSE Berliner Weisse released last Friday and SIMDROME American Wheat Ale that we’re scheduling to be released on Friday July 6th.