So my buddy started a brewery…
This is kind of a fairytale, so be prepared.
Meet John & Amanda:
Two of the nicest people I have had the pleasure of spending time with.
…and they like beer.
They like it enough to invest their future in it. And well they should, their Pittville Porter is awesome!
So I collaborated with them to come up with a holiday type brew…
The brainstorming began in October.
It ended with us finding a food recipe online for chocolate cherry cakes drenched in rum cream icing.
That’s what seems apparent to do, right?… model beers off of food recipes… And this recipe had me at chocolate+rum cream icing.
And then the brew day began…
Measuring out the pale malt…
Ok, so the grain bill included the following: pale, wheat, chocolate & black malt.
Milling the malt
“Brewing beer is fun kids, m’kay?”…
Love me some pale malt.
Malt being dumped into the boiler…
He is so organized:
Oh my, the smell of the mash was amazing…
Another brewing comrade
Now we’re brewing!….
Is it time for the hops??
Ok so I’ll go ahead and say it, boiling beer looks like it would taste like vomit…
But it doesn’t!!….
…because we put 10 ounces of dehydrated of Ghirardelli chocolate in it!
And by the way, this beer is called… (drum roll)…
Santa’s Christmas Concoction
…and a concoction it is.
oh and more hops….
Then we rested for a few minutes and found time to do a required beer tasting session.
One Month Later:
I just got word on the experimental Christmas brew…. and is apparently out-of-this-world-tasty.
Here is the official tasting note:
…”It starts with strong notes of chocolate and coffee, followed by a smooth segway into delicious vanilla and rum. Top that off with pie cherry filling and you have our beer for winter. The final gravity readings have this beer clocking in at the mid 8% ABV and with 50 IBU’s it seems to be a great combination of bitter sweet.”…
(That is the not the brew in the photos below. Santa’s Christmas Concoction is an imperial stout.)
Afterwards I did a few product style shots for their webpage…
For all of their different style of beers.