108 Year Lager

Our “108 Year Storm”, our Cub’s victory lager brewed the next day after the Win, is one of the best higher alcohol beers we’ve ever brewed. That’s including our handful of barrel aged experiments, and here’s why.

At 8.8%, the beer is incredibly smooth and reminds me of a Grand Cru. That is it’s greatest strength. It’s flavor heavily belies the alcohol warmth of a comparable 8.8% beer, but the warmth is there. It’s grist profile helps since the inclusion of 15% corn helps lighten the whole of the beer while retaining a deep potential for the rest of the experience.

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What’s Brewing: Dampfbrick

We’ve never really elaborated on the journey of creating Chicago Common Brick. It’s had oodles of versions over the last two years and the Brick has become a certain kind of whale.

That’s a strange allusion. Chicago Common Brick isn’t a beer whale. It’s incredibly common and should be simple. It’s always been an American corn beer, a nod to the industrial bloodline of Chicago and the greater midwest. In spirit, it began as a west coast common in all the reverence due to Anchor Steam, but it’s always been a Corn beer. The history indicates that other steam beers used adjunct in the San Francisco region, even if the modern Anchor Steam is all barley. Every Chicago Common Brick grist has included the cereal as a nod to the nationwide brewing tradition of using and adapting the local ingredients.  Continue reading “What’s Brewing: Dampfbrick”

What’s Brewing 2016-04-01

What’s Brewing at Southbridge Brewery? Just a bit of stuff that’s been packaged, in fermentation, in condition, or about to start brewing.

  1. Spice Miser 2015, packaged at 6.6%
  2. Southside Ale, packaged at 4.7%
  3. Raw Amber, 6.9%, this one is delicious.
  4. Chicago Common Brick VIII, packaged at 5.3%
  5. No Name 57, lagering at ~5.3%, but we nixed the honey in this batch.
  6. April Annihilation 2016, will be ready for Nationals in BG, Ohio
  7. Bring Me Home Berry, ~4.3%

What’s Brewing: 2015-08-26

What’s Brewing at Southbridge Brewery? Just a bit of stuff that’s been packaged, in fermentation, in condition, or about to start brewing.

  1. Sweet Midnight Stout (usually poured on nitro), packaged at ~5%
  2. an Amber Ale, packaged at 6.29%
  3. a German-Mexican Pale Lager, packaged at 5.13%
  4. Pacific Jade Vienna Ale, the first of our Smash Series: US Vienna, NZ Pacific Jade, US-05; packaged at 5.08%
  5. Southside Ale ~5%
  6. Chicago Common Brick V (OYL-045-NJ) ~4.5%
  7. Chicago Common Brick VI (OYL-057-Kveik) ~4.5%
    potential side by side by side by side of versions III, IV, V, IV
  8. Mint Condition IPA ~7.2%
  9. a Norwegian Chocolate Mint IPA (OYL-057-Kveik) ~5%-7%
  10. Bring Me Home Berry (or maybe turning it into Mighty Mango Wheat Ale) ~7%
  11. Southbridge Märzen Lager ~5%
  12. Southbridge Oktoberfest Ale (usually poured on nitro) ~5%