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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Holy Hot Stuff...Let's Have a Beer!

Welcome to the scorching, mid-July post from yours truly, the wench you love to hate at times.

I welcome back our Fermentation Director, Oliver Roberts to describe one of the very first "WTF" beers we tried last year, with such success, it's baaaaaaaaaaack....

CHRYSALIS (kris-uh-lis)
American Wit Lager
4.3% abv
16 IBU's

This is the first truly experimental "mixed culture" beers we brewed at WSBCo. A Belgian Witbier is a 400-year-old style that was brought back to life by the Hoegaarden brewery after it had died out in the 1950's.

We brewed our version of this beer with Pilsner malt, white wheat, oats and some light crystal malt to round out the creaminess of the oats with a little sweetness. Then we spiced it with Spanish orange peel and fresh coriander powder, in the kettle. The recipe is our interpretation of traditional Belgian Witbier recipes mixed with the lager techniques we practice in our brewery.

The experimental bit about this beer is the yeast.  We started the fermentation with a Belgian yeast, then chilled the beer down to lager temperatures and finished the fermentation with one of our house lager yeasts. The result is a fine example of a Belgian Wit with a bit of crisp lager character to finish it up.

The Chrysalis can be defined by its pleasant sweetness, zesty-citrusy fruitiness, dry finish and creamy mouthfeel. It is a "serious" wheat beer so all you folks seeking a truly refreshing summer beer take note!

And so, there you have it. I don't know about you, but I am melting.
Let's have a beer!

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