Monday, December 08, 2008

A Pisces Scales Up




Eight days ago I brewed a Robust Porter. It's the latest version of my Sherpa Porter. Not to brag too much, but my Porter seems to be enjoyed by a lot of folks that know their beer. And it doesn't just rest on it's laurels...it gets consumed.

I'll be transferring it to secondary carbonation this afternoon. I should have performed this yesterday, but was a little tired from working (on a Sunday), damnit!

In other news on the homebrewing front: I'm going to be collaborating with a local/regional "commercial enterprise" to scale up one or more of my homebrew recipes at a craft brewery for submission into the 2009 GABF Pro-Am competition. Hey, entering the competition will be Beeriffic enough, but having a commercial beer made from my recipe(s) will be the true honor. The acclaimed veteran head brewer of this establishment likes my stuff! (That's the real honor).









Other news: My experimental I.B.I.P.A. (Imperial Brett India Pale Ale) has a very pleasing flavor profile. It turned-out better than I thought it would; it's quite refreshing. I had it with some Maytag Blue Cheese last night, and they paired well together. This project took a while, though...waiting for 2 years worth of fermentation and conditioning was a test of my discipline, all right. And so was stopping at just one glass of IBIPA, even though I was really stoked about it.

I've got a couple more vessels of experimental stuff much more on the fringe than this latest beer, though. But I've got to wait. Discipline, discipline!

5 comments:

Owd Müller said...

Congrats and good luck in the Pro-Am. It would be awesome to see some one from the area win.

Ben, aka BadBen said...

Thanks!

Amy said...

That's exciting about the submission - good luck!

The IBIPA sounds fascinating - two qualities in beers I enjoy, bitter hoppiness & brett-related sourness.

I can't imagine waiting 2 years, though. I admire your patience! Pairing with the blue sounds amazing - since you make it out to Oregon frequently, is it safe to assume you've had Rogue River's blue? Their smoked blue? If not, they're worth picking up (Whole Foods & New Seasons both carry them).

Ben, aka BadBen said...

Yes, I've been sampling this and other brews...and am a member of Rogue Nation.

Amy said...

Oh, I meant Rogue River blue cheese; sorry for not being clear. :) The creamery makes a smoked blue that is out of this world.

http://www.roguecreamery.com/product.asp?specific=120