Our last pilot batch left our trademark American hops behind and focused on a roasty yet smooth malt profile. While we are OK with this it pleases us to announce that the hops are back – with a vengeance.
Our latest brew is a hop forward West Coast IPA brimfull of both Chinook and Centennial. Hop lovers rejoice.
In this brew we’re marrying a balanced malt base with a whopping 1/4kg of hops in 22,5 liters of beer. We’re pushing hop bursting to the limit by adding 55IBUs of the total 65 during the last 15 minutes of the boil. And staying in the Andrimne/Black Cat mindset – no hop monster is complete without massive dry hopping. The IPA will be double dry hopped with a mix of Chinook and Centennial.
The brew, codenamed “Colic IPA”, is primarily brewed for a new pub in a new town. We promised earlier that we’re hard at work spreading our brews to more pubs and places. Well – we intend to keep our word. Care to venture a guess on where it ends up?
More on this beer and where it ends up later.
The illusive Amarillo hop
Yes, I am paraphrasing the Beatles – and with good reason. As you may be aware we’re going abroad to brew no less than two beers at Søgaards Bryghus in November. There was, however, one BIG problem. The lager we’re brewing is built around massive loads of both Simcoe and Amarillo hops. As some homebrewers and pro brewers know, these two hop varieties are very popular and very hard to come by in large quantities, especially at this time of year, before the 2012 crop of hops arrives. Things were looking rather bleak for our lager…
With a little help from our friends
I have said it before and I’m saying it again – brewers are by far the best people out there. We told you earlier that Espen Lothe helped us out with the Simcoe hops but the story doesn’t end there. For the Amarillo we contacted Mike Murphy at Lervig Aktiebryggeri. Unfortunately he was all out of them, partly because we just used 10 kilos for the dry hopping of Henrik Imperial Amber Ale. However, he put us in contact with Anders Kissmeyer from Kissmeyer Beers and previously Nørrebro Bryghus.
Anders had the hops we were craving, but he was unable to send them to us as he was traveling in Canada. He got in contact with Nørrebro Bryghus, where he stores his hops, and got the brewers there to send them to Søgaards Bryghus. To sum it up – Kinn Bryggeri, Lervig Aktiebryggeri, Kissmeyer Beers and Nørrbro Bryghus all helped us make our lager a reality. Brewers really are something else!
Thanks, guys, we owe you big time!
Andrimne/Black Cat Brewing is proud to announce that we’re heading abroad to brew no less than two beers at Søgaards Bryghus in Ålborg, Denmark this November. We’re brewing Supermax Lager and an India Brown Ale. Again we’re going hop heavy with our beers. A big thumbs up to Espen Lothe at Kinn Bryggeri who provided the much needed Simcoe for the lager. A hard hop to come by these days. Thanks, Espen!
Packing our passports and DKKs
We’re very excited to get to play with yet another brew house. The brew house is a copper clad beauty reminiscent of the likes of Anchor brewing. Brewing on a system like this and brewing our beers abroad are literally dreams come true. First we take Aalborg then we take… And so on!
Look for these beers sometime before Christmas!
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Today Henrik Imperial Amber was re-brewed at Lervig Aktiebryggeri. We are very exited about the beer and the fact that this blast of malts and hops is mere weeks away from consumption. We didn’t change anything about the recipe – so expect lots and lots of flavor. However, this was not the only brew hitting the copper today, but we’ll get to that a little later.
Bigger and better!
Today’s brew session yielded 16HL, or 1600 liters, of Henrik Imperial Amber wort that was sent straight to the fermenter where a big slurry of WLP001 was eagerly awaiting the sweet manna. That’s more than double the amount we brewed last time. In a couple of days a monstrous load of Amarillo hops is going to give this beer its signature aroma. We can’t wait!
New and improved!
As mentioned earlier the Henrik Imperial Amber Ale was not the only beer brewed at Lervig today. From the sweet wort of Henrik Imperial Amber an exciting new recipe for Lervig Winter Ale was born. The two beers were created from the same grist, the Henrik Imperial Amber one, and the same mash. After mash-out the two beers were boiled separately as the two beers have radically different hopping schedules. The Lervig Winter Ale also had lots and lots of raisins added to the boil.
Look for Henrik Imperial Amber Ale in a couple of weeks at Henrik Øl & Vinstue!
Shrouded in secrecy, well maybe not so secret, we have been testing out a new hop variety called Hallertauer Blanc donated to us by our friend Mike Murphy at Lervig Aktiebryggeri. The grist was about as easy as they come – 96% Belgian pilsner and 4% Crystal 150 EBC. About 100 grams of hops were used in 20 liters. Since we were focusing on the hops we used most of it in the latter portion of the boil and for dry hopping. Fermentation was done on the cool side with WLP001.
Nelson Sauvin – move over
The result was a fruity, tart and crisp ale weighing in at 5.3%, with a tropical aroma and flavor with hints of grapes, gooseberry and grapefruit. The Hallertauer Blanc reminded the tasters of Nelson Sauvin. Finally, a substitute for that hop! Good news for both home and pro brewers.
A nice healthy and cool fermentation
And who were the tasters? None other than the fine folks at Lervig Aktiebryggeri. The hop flavor tickled their collective fancy and an order was placed with the hop farm.
Can I get a taste?
Share the love – that’s what we say. The ale, named Point Blanc, will be shipped to Bjorleik 2012, and the attendees there will get first dibs on the ale. The rest will probably be served up at Mandag i Annen at Cardinal. Not going to any of these events? Contact Kim and we’ll see if we can fix you up with some.
Mashing in – no problem. Designing logo – big problem.
Hi there sports fans. Think you got what it takes to design a kick ass logo for us? Or know someone who does? We would love to get a spanking fresh logo from you guys. As it turns out neither Gahr nor Kim has any noteworthy skills when it comes to logo design, so help is sorely needed.
Nudge us in the right direction
If you don’t know how to design logos yourself or have any friends who do, but know some professionals who do good work – let us know.
Happy designing and happy brewing.