@PDXBottleShare IPA Released!
By: Brooklyn Di Raffaele Happy 2016 Everyone! We hope that is New Year is getting off on the right foot for you and that you’re excited for new beer. New year, new beer- right? In December we started to serve our own beer on tap. Charlie has been hard at work brewing up the first batches of Labrewatory beer, including the Hulk S.M.A.S.H. IPA, Sans-Nibs Saison and Ad-Nibs Saison (which is the Sans-Nibs Saison aged on cocoa nibs in the brite tank.) We also added the Far & Sure Scotch Ale, made with an outside client. Along with getting the first beers on tap, Charlie has been busy brewing up a few collaboration brews, one of which is the latest brew to be released in our taproom. This week we released the @PDXBottleShare IPA. The beer was brewed during the December 2015 @PDXBottleShare event held in our taproom. Participants brought in a bottle of beer to share, as per usual event activities, and a bag of hops to contribute to the brew. Nearly 40 people showed up to the event at Labrewatory, bringing in 50 bottles of beer and 23 different hops for the event brew! Yeah, 23 hops. For the IPA, Charlie used all of the hop additions in the mash and during fermentation- none in in the boil. He used a very low mash temperature and used traditional German mashing schedule to keep the beer dry, and then the beer was fermented with our house yeast strain from Imperial Organic. Christopher Pierce, the organizer of all the @PDXBottleShare events came up with the idea to brew a crowd-sourced beer; “I had been ruminating over the idea for weeks. But at the meting to discuss the event Chris and Charlie had also thought of the idea.” The IPA had a great and complex smell from all of the hops. We had a few people sitting at the bar just smelling their pint before drinking. Any hop-head will love this beer and they will love to smell it as well. With the release of this unique brew, we released our crowlers! We are filling 32-ounce crowler cans with Labrewatory beer for you to enjoy at home. Hosting the @PDXBottleShare event was a lot of fun and being ale to brew a specialty beer for the event to be enjoyed beyond the two-hour event is even better. Christopher also has plans to do another crowed-sourced beer, a barrel-aged fruit beer to be made soon and released next winter and maybe some seasonal beers. Stay thirsty for more about the Labrewatory’s experiments! Prost!