Original IPA circa 1850 (for Anthony Bourdain) 8% ABV.
What better way to honor Anthony Bourdain than to dedicate a beer that was born to travel. Originally, IPA was brewed to send to English troops stationed in India (that’s the “India” in India Pale Ale).
Pretty much the opposite of modern IPAs that have a shelf life of a few weeks, the original version was aged a year or more before drinking. Brutally bitter when young (160 IBUs) the long aging softened the bitterness and also gave some funk from the Brettanomyces in the barrels.
Our version was brewed with 100% Maris Otter malt and 100% East Kent Goldings hops. Aged in neutral oak barrels with Brett for 8 months. Could easily be cellared for another year or two but is fabulous right now.
Beautiful funk in the aroma battles it out with marmalade notes from the dry hops. Drinkable af with a crisp bitterness that isn’t harsh at all.
Farmhouse Saison (for R.L. Burnside) 6.3% ABV. A mixed field saison brewed with raw oats and wheat, aged hops and fermented with our house saison blend. Aged in oak barrels for a full year with our house Brett blend.
Delicate funk in the nose, fruity and tart. Complex while remaining super drinkable.
Dry Hopped Sour (for Timothy Leary) 7% ABV. Turn on, tune in, dry hop!
Brewed with local Riverbend malt and fermented with a mixed culture. Dry hopped with a ridiculous 5# per barrel of Galaxy/Vic Secret/Citra/Amarillo. The aroma pops with overripe peaches and pineapple, sour but not too sour.
Appalachian/Belgian Dark Strong Ale (for Mariya Oktyabrakaya) 10.2% ABV. A classic Belgian quad brewed with local sorghum syrup from McMurry Farms.
Fitzhugh McMurry still makes small batch sorghum syrup from sorghum that he grows himself outside of Sylvia, NC. The syrup tastes like a mix of molasses and maple syrup and adds a fantastic smooth finish to this strong ale.
This beer is the third in our series of nazi killing bad ass women. After her husband was killed in WW2, Mariya Oktyabrskaya sold all of her possessions and bought her own tank, painted “The Vengeful Girlfriend” on the side and fought the nazis until she was killed in battle.
Biere de Noel (for Aretha Franklin) 12% ABV. We release our Christmas beer every year in December and we couldn’t be happier with this batch. A classic Belgian quad (dark strong ale) aged in oak barrels with our house Brett blend for a year then we refermented it on 3# of plums per gallon.
The aroma is amazing with oak, fruit and funk almost like an old vines Zinfandel. Big plum/cherry fruit in the flavor with some tartness from the fruit but this isn’t a sour beer. This beer has aging potential for the next 10 years.
Experimental Forest #2 (for Mika Vainio) 5.1% ABV. The second in our series of “tree flavored” beers. A “raw” no-boil white beer brewed with locally foraged spicebush branches, leaves and berries. Fermented with a mixed culture of lactobacillus, brettanomyces and four strains of ale yeast.
Tart, lightly funky with a delicate spice character from the spicebush. This is what the Belgian witbiers of the 18th and 19th century tasted like: rustic yet refreshing. Experimental Forest
Russian Imperial Stout circa 1856 (for Robert Smalls) 10.1% ABV. A historical recreation from the old brewer’s logs, back when this beer was actually sent to the Russian Czars (hence the name).
A far cry from the diabetes inducing liquid candy bar stouts that lately have taken over, this is a serious stout for adult palates. Brewed with the finest English malts and an eye-watering 150 IBUs from East Kent Goldings hops, the depth of flavor is immense.
The aging potential for this beer is great, a decade is not out of the question.
The second in our series of beers dedicated to bad ass women who kicked nazi ass. Double Dry Hopped Imperial Saison (for Lyudmila Pavlichenko) 11.4% ABV.
This beer is a monstrously dry hopped barley wine fermented with our house saison yeast blend and aged in oak barrels with wild yeast for a year and a half.
The aroma is stone fruit, funk and oak. The flavor is packed with malt, ripe peach, wine barrel and tropical fruit. Double Dry Hopped Imperial Sa
Mexicana #2 (for Emilio Zapata) 5.3% ABV. The second in our trio of lagers inspired by the cuisine of different regions of Mexico. This is a corn based light lager with the addition of 1# per gallon of tomatillos and Serrano chilies. We scraped the insides of the chilies so there is little to no burn but a fantastic aroma of chilies. The tomatillos flavor is tangy and reminiscent of salsa verde.
After our barrel aged Blueberry Sour (for Fats Domino) was finished aging on 4# of blueberries per gallon we took the used blueberries and added them to a new beer and let the wild yeast ferment it out. The second use fruit still has an amazing amount of color and flavor left in it and it lets the underlying beer and wild yeast to shine. Bright and refreshing, this is a perfect summer thirst quencher.