Moylan’s Brewing is thrilled about the outcome of last year’s World Series. The San Francisco Giant’s won it all, and Brendan Moylan has a beer to commemorate the occasion – Orange & Black Ale. The congratulatory ale features California grown oranges, Yakima Valley hops, and German and Canadian malts.
To honor our World Champions at the Cove, we have created a smooth, American Mt. Hood black ale brewed with orange zest. A hearty brew for the bleacher bums, gardeners of turf, and patient fans who have endured 54 years of pine-grabbing torture. An adult beverage to salute the Bat, the Stick, the rally thong, the crab, the seal, Yeasts: the chickens, the Thrill, the bowties in the office, the golden voices in the booth, and all of the San Francisco legends that helped them get there. We at Moylan’s never stopped believing and we plan to bust this rookie out on opening day for the Orange and Black faithful. WARNING: Do not fear this beer for it will freakishly offer two Cy’s of relief without putting any hair on your face. ARE YOU READY, MEAT?
Style: American Black Ale
Hops: Willamette, Mt. Hood, Liberty
Malts: Montana 2-Row Pale, Munich, Crystal, Black Malt
Yeast: White Labs #001 – Chico
Availability: 22oz bombers, Draft. On tap at Moylan’s now.
About The Beer:
This ale is a reflection of the many dedicated hearts and minds needed to brew a quality beer. Moylan’s Extra Special Bitter is made exclusively with Maris Otter Pale malt, Munich and Crystal malt and Torrified Wheat malt all grown, germinated and roasted in Stowmarket, England by Muntons Malt. This beer was fermented with a pure culture US-05 from Fermentis, a division of Lesaffre Incorporated in France. Many thanks to Crosby and Baker, Ltd., for providing the quality malts and yeast used for this celebratory beverage.
Malts: Maris Otter, Torrified Wheat, Flaked Barley, Crystal, Munich
Yeast: White Labs #001, Chico
Availability: 22oz bombers, draft.
Arrival: Spring, 2011
“Bjor Nagal” is Gaelic for “California Common.” The lager is a reflection of the many dedicated hearts and minds needed to brew a quality beer. Moylan’s Bjor Nagal is made with Pilsner, Munich, and Caramelized malts selected and roasted by Sabine and Thomas Kraus-Weyerman, owners of Weyerman Specialty malt in Bamberg, Germany. Bittering hops (Spalter & Hallertau Mittlefruh) were grown in the Hallertauer region of Germany and sourced by hops from England. Aromatic hops (Northern Brewer) were also grown in Germany and were sourced by the German hop growers cooperative. We would like to thank Crosby and Baker, Ltd and the German Hop Growers Cooperative for providing the quality malts and hops for this commemorative lager.
Style: California Common
Hops: Hallertauer Mittlefruh, Spalter
Malts: Pilsner, Crystal, Munich.
Yeast: Munich Lager
Packaging: 22oz bombers/ Draft
Arrival: Spring, 2011
From the brewer’s that brought you Hopsickle, comes another full bodied beer – Old Blarney Barleywine. This is the first time Moylan’s award winning BW has made it to the Atlanta market. Expect strong flavors of alcohol, with some caramel malt backbone. Hops are citrusy, some pine, with some bitter in the finish.
Here is the ingredient rundown –
Hops – Yakima Chinook, Yakima Glacier
Malts – American 2-Row, Crystal Malt 45L, Munich Malt, Caravienna Malt, Special B, Acidulated Malt.
62 IBU (International Bitterness Units) Hopsickle is over 100 IBU…
I keep reiterating that unless you are home brewer, or really beer hardcore, those ingredients might not mean a lot to you. However, as you try beers keeping in mind the different hops and malts gives you a better understanding of how these change the taste. It’s very easy to get to know what you are drinking without having to read about it all day. Hey, that’s what I’m here for!
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Brickstore Pub on Saturday October 10th is hosting its first “Hop Harvest” Fest. All 25 taps will be featuring IPAs. Here is a little back-story on the India Pale Ale, in case you never fully knew the style. If you were going to draw up a family tree, the Pale Ale would be the father of the IPA. Pale ales were denoted by the use of pale malt, circa 17th century. The pale ale style has changed over time, and by the mid 18th century coke fire malt was used to produce a beer that was actually paler than its predecessors.
Now, I tell you about pale ales to lead to this. George Hodgson Bow Brewery is attributed to the world’s first IPA. This IPA was a pale ale as described above, that was well hopped, termed October Beer. (See posts about origins of names and style.) This October beer was meant to be cellared for a year or longer. The East India Trading Company (think high school history class,) exported Hodgson’s beer to India — which survived very well on the long trip, thanks to the hoppy nature of the beer acting as a preservative. Ultimately after business deals going bad with Hodgson, other breweries began producing this hoppy style of pale ale, and the demand for an “India Pale Ale” was born.
There’s your history lesson. Knowing the style helps you appreciate your beer. So here is a cheat sheet of the line up of the 25 IPA’s to be featured on Saturday —
Smuttynose “Big A” — Double IPA (DIPA) 9.2% ABV. Part of Smutty’s big beer series. Seasonal release.
Moylan’s “Hopsickle” — DIPA, 9.2% ABV. Tomahawk, Cascade, Centennial hops. VERY hoppy beer, Novato, CA.
Avery “Maharaja” — DIPA, 10.2% ABV. Columbus, Centennial, Crystal, Simcoe hops. Caramel malts. Produced Mar- Sept. Maharaja in Sanskrit means “Great King.” Boulder, CO.
Lagunitas “Hop Stoopid” — DIPA, 8.2% ABV. Hop content unknown. Brewed with Hop extracts, not whole hops. Lagunitas quoted “So hoppy it will take the enamel off your teeth.” Petaluma, CA.
Sierra Nevada “Harvest Ale” — IPA, 6.2% ABV. First Brewed in ’96. Centennial & Cascade wet hops. Brewed same day hops are picked. Chico, CA.
Left Hand “Warrior” — IPA, 6.6% ABV. Wet hopped w/ Warrior Hops. Left hand balances with strong malt backbone. Crystal, Pale, & 2 Row. Seasonal Offering. Longmont, CO.
Bells “Two-Hearted Ale — IPA, 7% ABV. Hop content not published, but home brew recipes for Two hearted all use Centennial hops. Kalamazoo, MI.
Victory “Harvest Ale” — American Strong Pale, 7.7%. This is NOT, and will NOT be available in GA according to Victory Brewery. 3 hop varieties. Downingtown, PA.
5 Seasons Prado “Hop Gasm” — IPA, 7%. Brewmaster Kevin McNerny previously of Sweetwater Brewing’s first creation at 5 Seasons. 5 different hops, including Simcoe & Amarillo. Atlanta, GA.
Stone “Sublimely Self Righteous Ale” — American Strong Ale, 8.7% ABV. By taste, I call this a black IPA. Originally Stone’s 11th Anniversary Ale. It was so popular, it was re released again as Sublimely. It is no longer made, or sold. This is your one shot deal. For me its liquid gold. Escondido, CA.
Green Flash “West Coast IPA” — IPA, 7%. Simcoe, Columbus, Centennial, Cascade. A rare find in GA! Be one of the first to try this on tap. San Diego County, CA.
5 Seasons Westside “Hop Bomb Express” — Crawford Moran’s Dry Hopped, Raw hopped IPA rendition. Recently offered cask style at Westside. Very hoppy and rare opportunity. Atlanta, GA. (SEE PREVIOUS POSTS about Hop Bomb.)
Sweetwater “Wet Dream Special” — Special Version of the latest in the Dank Tank – Wet Dream, a Double Red. More info to follow. Atlanta, GA.
Terrapin “Big Hoppy Monster” — DIPA, 8.7% . Whiskey Oak Aged!! Warrior, Centennial, Cascade, Ahtanum, dry hopped w/ Simcoe. Lots of malts in this too — including 2 Row Pale, and Munich. Athens, GA.
Great Divide “Fresh Hop” — Pale Ale, 6.1% ABV. Wet Hopped Pale. Hop content isn’t documented, but grapefruit is present. Denver, CO.
Red Brick “Zingo Pop” — DIPA, ? ABV. Brewmaster Dave McClure’s experimental brew, on Sabco homebrew equipment. Zingo Pop is a name Dave uses when he’s not sure what to call it. Atlanta, GA.
Moon River “Swamp Fox Rosemary IPA” — IPA, 7% ABV. Centennial, Chinook hops. Dry hopped with Rosemary. Moon River will be at Decatur Beer Fest. Savannah, GA.
Bear Republic “Racer 5” — IPA, 7% ABV. Columbus & Cascade Hops. Multi Medal Winner @ various fests. Cloverdale, CA
Hebrew “Lenny RIPA” — DIPA, 10% ABV. Barrel aged version of Hebrew’s DIPA. Warrior, Cascade, Simcoe, Crystal, Chinook, Amarillo, Centennial, and dry hopped with Amarillo & Crystal. “Obscene amount of hops” San Francisco, CA & NYC, NY
Coast Brewing “Hop Art” — IPA, 7.7% ABV. Nugget, Amarillo, Cascade hops. Caramel Malts. Bottled by hand. Unfiltered, Unpasteurized. Rare Georgia find! North Charleston, SC.
Stone “Cali — Belgique” — Belgian IPA, 6.9% ABV. Columbus, Centennial. Dry hopped w/ Chinook. IPA w/ Belgian influence. Thus the name draws from Dutch &French Belgian. IPA w/ Belgian Yeast strain. Limited release year round. Escondido, CA.
Het Anker “Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor” — Belgian IPA, 8% ABV. Hallertau, Saaz hops. Mechelen, Belgium
De Leyerth Urthel “Hop It” — Belgian IPA, 9.5% ABV. European Hops. Pilsner Malts. Hoppy, spicy, fruity. Ruiselede, Belgium.
Houblon Chouffe — Belgian IPA, 9% ABV. Tomahawk, Saaz, Dry hopped w/ Amarillo. Unfiltered. Unpasteurized. Achouffe, Belgium
De Ranke “XX Bitter” — Belgian IPA, 6.2% ABV. Brettanomyces yeast. Wevelgem, Belgium.
Great Divide “Belgica” — Belgian IPA, 7.2% ABV. American & European Hops. Belgian Pilsner malts. Denver, CO.
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