Mashing in our first commercial brew at Lervig
Greetings, hop heads and craft beer lovers! 2012 is coming to an end, not in the way the Mayans predicted, but still. For us 2012 has been a great year. ABC Brewing was formed and we have gotten to brew no less than three exciting commercial beers, both domestically and in Denmark. During the year well over 1500 liters of beer have been served to happy beer-loving customers in Bergen and Sandnes.
We have also seen a re-brew of our first brew and have been served at three locations. On top of this we have gotten the ever so talented Miriam Lillevand to design an awesome new logo for us and used this design to make some kick ass merchandise. All in all – It’s been a good year.
Just the beginning
However – You ain’t seen nothing yet. While 2012 has been more than great for us it’s got nothing on 2013. In early February we’re heading to Kinn to brew Firewood Stout – a dry oatmeal stout. And talking about session ales – we are now pleased to announce that we’re heading abroad to brew a bitter. Transported by the waves we’re traveling to rugged Shetland to brew at the northernmost brewery in Great Britain – Valhalla. More on this later.
2013 will also see our first collaboration ale. Early in 2013 we’ll be heading to Schouskjelleren to brew up an exiting ale with brewer John. We can tell you this much – we will use Chinook, and yes – it will be hoppy.
Also, we will see better distribution of our ales. Schouskjelleren will get our beers in mid January with more locations to be named at a later date. This is but a fragment of what we have going on in the coming year, but before we wish you Hoppy New Year we will drop one more hint.
We might be doing something mighty tasty with sherry barrels…
Hoppy New Year from ABC Brewing!
Today Supermax Lager and Halvor India Brown Ale were finally released at Henrik Øl og Vinstove to accompany the Imperial Amber already on tap there. Our hearts rejoyce and we definitely could not have gotten a better Christmas present! Seing three ABC beers on tap at the same time makes us very happy, indeed.
All the colors
The lightest of this hoppy trinity is the Supermax Lager, a “pilsner” clocking in at 5 % abv. and 40 IBUs. This golden lager looks like a standard pilsner, but looks can lie. American hop aromas come leaping out of the glass, leaving the imbiber with an impression of hoppy freshness rarely found in light lagers.
Halvor India Brown Ale is a full-bodied, strong American-style brown ale loaded with Chinook and Cascade hops, though not to the extent that the citrus hops clash with the malts. With complex roasty malt flavors working together with a dry, slightly rummy note from the use of dark muscovado sugar in the kettle, the brown ale is definitely a sustaining, malty beer with a nice kick of hops. This 60 IBU and 6,5 % abv. nectar is the perfect pick-me-up on a cold night.
Henrik Imperial Amber (8,5 % abv. and 70 IBUs) is the biggest of the three beers currently available. The well-balanced yet powerful hop presence and clan malt profile makes this an ale that beiles its strength. Smooth and deceptvely drinkable, it will leave you wanting more!
Hello sports fans! You have been clamoring for it (you know who you are) and here it is – our logo. The road to a new logo hasn’t been easy. We have been trying out everything from black cats to vikings but we didn’t quite like any of the suggestions until we focused on something really simple.
– A hop cone.
More specifically a Chinook hop cone. The Chinook hop has a very special place in our hearts and is included in all our brews – yes even in the upcoming Dry Oatmeal Stout. Without any further delay – here it is:
Hand drawn to perfection
We went for a somewhat hand drawn finish – an idea pitched to us by the talented Miriam Lillevand. We are really pleased with the results and can’t thank Miriam enough for the bang up job she has done. The hop cone will be featured in all the graphics for our different beers. In different colors.
What do you think of our new logo?
A few days ago Lervig kegged the new batch of Henrik Imperial Amber Ale. The rebrew of the hop monster is paler in color as a result of being brewed in the bigger brew house at Lervig. This resulted in less caramelization of the wort. This being said, fans of the first version will absolutely recognize the brew.
A balanced blast of hops
To call this brew balanced might be a stretch considering the amount of alcohol and the massive hop profile. But – I really think it is just that – balanced. It seems to be even smoother this time around, but don’t take our word for it. The brew is getting ready to be shipped to Henrik Øl & Vinstue in Bergen as we speak and there is talk of some kegs getting shipped somewhere else.
We can hardly wait to get to know the rebrew of this massive beer and share it with you guys. We absolutly feel it has been worth the wait and are wondering how long it lasts before it sells out this time.
We’ll get back to you with a release date and release venues later.
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 green gold – for once in conservative amounts!
Craft brewers love hops, home brewers love hops, beer geeks love hops. We sure love hops as well, but sometimes the time is just right for something else. Sometimes the time is just right for a low alcohol dry stout. And that’s why we’re brewing a dry oatmeal stout at Kinn Bryggeri for Henrik Øl og Vinstoves 20th anniversary on the 10th of January next year. But as with all our brews, we do test batches first. This one was brewed a few days ago.
Simple yet effective
With an original gravity of 1.040 and 40 IBUs from a single FWH addition of East Kent Goldings (and an undisclosed amount of Chinook!), the beer isn’t likely to blow the socks off of anyone, but the simple yet effective malt bill provides sustenance and a subtle complexity of roast flavors sure to please. Roasted barley is of course the signature malt, while amber malt adds mild coffee and nutty flavors and aromas complementing the burnt character of the beer. 10 % Flaked oats and a smaller amount of flaked barley round off the edges and provide a mouthfeel that belies the strength of the beer. Hopefully it will emerge black as the ace of spades, sharp yet rounded, dry and refreshing.
We can hardly wait to get to Kinn to brew this beer together with Espen, Torvald and the other guys at the brewery. Our wishes for New Year’s are modest; we simply want the 10th of January to come quickly!
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!