It's been a while but I'm excited about what's in Basecamps tanks so I'd thought I'd share. In the fermenters currently we have:
Trukker Pils, our keller pilsner brewed this time with 100% German Hallertauer Hersbrucker hops. We love this beer here. More aggressively hopped than contemporary German pilsners, the Trukker Pils has that crisp dryness but also a great snappy hoppiness. It'll be on tap early October.
Four Point Pale Ale, our extra hoppy low gravity beer. All the flavor of an IPA without the higher alcohol. The Four Point has always been a "single" hop beer to showcase the attributes of a given hop variety. This time we chose "Bravo" hops. The beer is slightly floral with a pleasant resinous note. Expect to see it on tap early October.
Smoke House Porter, our first crack at doing a smoked porter. We loved the Smokehaus Lager we did earlier this year so we thought to expand upon the smoked beer theme. We are really excited about this one. Beechwood smoked malt, oak smoked wheat malt, brown malt, dark crystal malt, and pale chocolate go into this smokey brown porter. Expect to see it on tap early October.
Skull Crushing Ape, a schwarz weizendopplebock aka strong black wheat ale. The name was born from a conversation with general manager Chris Trotter about Michael Crichton's novel "Congo" and the skull crushing apes. It seemed like a great name for a beer but what kind of beer?? I figured it had to be strong beer and black. I picked weizen yeast for it's banana character (after all, apes love bananas) and thus the Skull Crushing Ape was to be a schwarz (black) weizen (wheat) dopplebock (strong beer). It was a fun one and expect to see it on tap early October.
Old Virginia Dark Lager, our old-school American dark lager. I am a big lager geek so you know I'm looking forward to this one. Brown in color, light to medium in body, with subtle caramel and roasted malt notes. Not an extreme beer in any way but just a well made drinkable beer with some great flavor but not a lot of body.
Danzig, our Baltic Porter has one batch in the fermenter and an older batch in the secondary lagering tank. We'll put the first batch on in either late October or November. This beer has always been a cult favorite and one near and dear to me. Baltic Porters are perhaps Eastern Europe's only real indigenous contemporary beer style. Being half ethnically Ukrainian, I have always loved this beer style and have brewed versions of it at four breweries now. This beer won a silver medal at the 2009 Great American Beer Festival and a gold medal at the 2010 World Beer Cup. Maybe we'll celebrate a big win with it at this years GABF, we'll see.
Anyway, that's a quick run down on some upcoming beers at Basecamp. From the Outpost expect to see "Kilt Flasher" Wee Heavy Scotch Ale the next bottled "Trail Blazer" available in the stores in a month or so followed by "Dark Abby" a Belgian-inspired Dubbel several months past that. It's great to design these beers at Basecamp and scale them up for production at the Outpost. It's kind of like watching them grow up. Great things are a foot at DB!
Jason Oliver - Head Brewer