Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Merry Ale Brewed, Bottled

Damn. Once again I find that I've neglected this blog. Truth is....I'm not sure I'm really neglecting it. I decided awhile ago to make this blog purely about brewing my beer, but I just don't brew that often. My last post from the end of December concerned a Bitter that I brewed. I put this beer into two Party Pigs and I've killed one of them, but another lives on at a friend's house. It turned out to be a pretty decent session beer (less then 4.5 percent ABV.) I feel like I should brew more beers like this, but frankly it's hard to brew just  five gallons of low ABV beer to have it all hoovered up in a few weeks. That said, there aren't really a lot of option for low ABV beer on the beer store shelves, so I should probably be brewing more of it myself.

My inventory right now consists of the Bitter, the Autumnal Ale and what could best described as Belgian quad. I also have some fresh bottled Merry Ale, which is a red ale with American hops and an English yeast that I'm putting out there as my holiday brew. It's something between Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome and Rogue's Santa's Private Reserve. It's all Chinook and Centennial hops, but restrained by generous caramel malts and a very fruity English yeast.

The Autumnal Ale is still hanging around in the form of a few 12-ounce bottles and a half-dozen 22s. It turned out decent. It's sort of a phenolic Biere de Garde that's almost more like Belgian Pale Ale like a DeKoninck. At least that was the opinion of a Belgian ex-pat who I know tried it.

I'm getting my mind blown right now by the theoretical 156 IBUs of a Short's Huma Lupa Licious IPA and the little letters on my screen are starting to all blend together (not really, but that's what *should* be happening.)  Anyhow, I apologize to all three readers of this blog for not publishing more posts. I'm just old and working hard in retail and it's a busy time of year.

Email me if you're interested in the recipe for the Merry Ale.