Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Pilot Batch Release: Chupacabra Quinceañera by Sean Flannery

We have one more pilot batch being released this month, and a bonus one coming at you for the very beginning of March!

Meet Sean and try his pilot brew on Thursday, 2/27 from 6-8PM!

Our fourth limited release pilot batch beer comes to us from brewer Sean Flannery. Before working at The Bruery, he cut his teeth at San Diego's Aztec Brewing, Prohibition Brewing Company, and OC's Bootlegger's Brewery. With an intense enthusiasm for craft beer, Sean is also one of our BJCP certified staff members here at The Bruery.

Sean decided to make this beer in order to showcase an unusual strain of brettanomyces. You may have tried a 2013 release of ours that was 100% brett fermented with another strain and called Werewolf Bar Mitzvah. In keeping the "mythical creature" + "type of party" appellation for 100% bretted beers here, Chupacabra Quinceañera is 100% fermented with a substrain of Brettanomyces Bruxellensis.

Brettanomyces Bruxellensis Trois is a Fonteinen strain that is also called the "drie" strain. A 100% Brett Trois fermentation yields a unique set of clean, tropical flavors, rather than barnyard funk that can be found in saisons or beers that use partial bretting. With a greater amount of brett and no brewer's yeast around, the brett doesn't have to compete for growth and get stressed, which is what normally yields those funky flavors. Instead, with proper pitching rates and fermentation temperatures, we're left with the bright, clean, and fruity Chupacabra Quinceañera.

No stranger to working with fun yeasts, Chad Yakobson of Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project was a tremendous resource for perfecting a beer to showcase Brett Trois. Sean credits Chad's Brettanomyces dissertation for helping dial in those specific pitching rates and fermentation temperatures.

Description: Chupacabra Quinceañera is a refreshing 100% Brett fermented blonde beer bursting with clean tropical aroma from the unique brett strain used for fermentation. These notes are complimented with the subtle use of Simcoe and Amarillo hops, which add layers of tangerine and passionfruit.

More specs:
ABV - 6.28 %v/v
Specific Gravity - 1.00405
pH - 4.34
Color - 5.4 SRMs
Bitterness - 19.7 IBUs

Sean will be hanging out at the Tasting Room this Thursday, 2/27 from 6-8PM to chat about his beer and how he once wore bow ties. Come get his signed headshot to add to your Bruery brewers collection ... Because they're obviously wayyyyyy cooler than collecting baseball cards.

Added bonus, check out this video of New Brew Thursday chatting with Chad about Brettanomyces back in 2011.

The rest of our schedule for pilot batch releases during February is as follows:

Thursday 3/6 Stay at Home Dad by Stefan Weber:
A very light body delicate beer with high carbonation. Very refreshing and sessionable from the pleasant mellow sourness and subtle smoke flavor. Color is very pale straw and hazy.

Past pilot batch releases from this month, on tap now:

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