A Busy March Ahead
February 09, 2012
As some folks know, I moonlight periodically as an instructor at Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville. The time has come for my next class to begin! This semester I will be teaching a course called “The Brewing Process.” As opposed to the fall class, “Intro to Brewing,” this course is going to be very in depth. We are going to cover all aspects of the brewing process, from barley cultivation all the way to finished beer. The course will include scientific discussion about WHY we do things in the brewery, as well as what we do. If you want to completely geek out on brewing, this is the time. As always, I am flexible with the subject matter, so if we find an area of interest that the class wants to pursue, so be it, we will. Anyway, it is fun! The class will be the first four Monday evenings in March, 6-8 PM.
March also marks a yearly transition from our winter seasonal brew The Gift to our summer seasonal. This year that will be Starr Pils, and take it from me, it’s really good! You can really taste the malt in it, and it’s got a big aroma from the hops—just good beer for a hot day.
We also are releasing the second of six different real ale firkins for 2012. This one is going to be Dark Starr Stout with whiskey-soaked oak chips, perfect for St. Patrick’s Day at your local pub. Keep your eye out for this Brewer’s Choice series!
The last new brew this month is an Imperial Belgian IPA. This will be available on draft only at this point, so bring your growlers to the Tasting Room and fill up! It won’t last long. Belgian IPA is obviously a very American take on blending two kinds of beer together into a style that doesn’t officially exist (yet), I wonder what the next big thing will be? Cascadian Ales seem to have slowed in popularity while good old American-style IPA continues to rule our industry and apparently the American palate. The new rages all seem to revolve around hoppiness, but none are sticking …is it time for a reversal? A real live session ale that is brave enough to leave most of the hops in the hop locker? We shall see… Opinions?