As we progress down our path to opening, there are a few common questions we are asked.
- When are you going to open?
- When are you going to have beer?
- What type of beers will you make?
Those that have gone down this same path, I am sure you can relate.
Let me talk about question #3 in this blog because at this point that is an easier one to answer than the other two. The other two are progressing well and as Captain Ross says, “We are in the third trimester of a very long pregnancy”. We are showing, the baby is kicking hard and we want this thing out of us so we can finally enjoy our baby brewery. Out of respect to all of the mothers out there, we are in no way as uncomfortable as you probably were during your final stages.
On to the beers we plan to make. The stock answer I give is “We plan to make a big variety of beer, from the approachable to the experimental.” Whatever we make, it is going to be delicious. If it is not, we will not serve it. We don’t expect everyone to like every beer that we make. Some people don’t like bitter IPA’s, some don’t like dark beers and others are not big fans of saisons or wheat beers. That’s okay. We do expect that anyone that comes in will like at least a few of the 10 beers that we plan to have on draft in our taproom.
You can expect to see 2-3 flagship beers that are almost always available. Another 6 will be seasonal, changing all the time and be interesting enough to keep regulars coming back in to see what’s new. The 10th beer will be done in small quantities on our 50 L pilot system and will feature some pretty weird and different ingredients or beers that we want to experiment with before stepping them up to the 1500 L system.
When we are making a beer that has a specific style, we plan to make a great representation of that beer. There are certain characteristics that should be present with particular styles of beer. A Hefeweizen, for example, should have a soft mouthfeel, be slightly hazy, pale straw to gold in colour and have banana and clove aromas and flavours. We may add a twist to these styles to see what we can come up with by adding fruit, spices or other things to change the flavour or appearance of the base beer. We may even mash together a couple of different styles to taste what we get. In this way, we are not tied to any style. We want to make beer that we will all enjoy and push the limits and try to create some beers that you have maybe never tasted before.
Let us know what you think. What styles do you enjoy during the summer, fall, winter and spring? What is your go-to beer all year long?