In celebration of our 4th Anniversary we are releasing two brand new beers! Yes you have to wait to try them at our birthday party on June 1st , unless of course you have tickets to the Haines Beer Festival this weekend, where we will be previewing them there.
This year we have attempted our first fruited beer. Introducing, Rainbow Brite Strawberry Rhubarb Kettle Sour (4%). There was definitely a learning curve for us to brew this beer. Just figuring out how to add the 168 lbs of both strawberry and rhubarb puree into the 7 barrel fermenter was a fun challenge. We ended up transferring the beer from one fermenter after primary fermentation was done, into another fermenter to get the beer on the fruit.
We didn't want to let any of that delicious fruit go to waste.
The recipe was based off the Berliner Weisse style using pilsner and wheat malt. The wort was then soured in the kettle with a Lactobacillus strain to achieve a nice, crisp sourness. The strawberry and rhubarb are in perfect balance with no over-the-top sweetness or tartness. You can see from the before and after photos that the fruit also lends a beautiful light pink hue.
The 'Before' and 'After'.
Next up we have a brand new Double New England IPA – Velvet Thunder (8%), hopped to high heavens with Citra and Simcoe hops. It has been a while since we released a hazy IPA of this magnitude. You may remember fondly our Cult of Rye Double NEIPA with rye malt, which we wanted to call ‘never again’ just because of the shear cost of the ingredients and a very long brew day. We may be suckers for punishment for doing something along the same lines again, but hey it’s our birthday! Velvet Thunder is juicy and smooth with huge tropical, citrus and stone fruit hop aroma and flavours.
Get the first taste of these brews at Haines Beer Fest or hang tight until our 4th Anniversary Party next weekend.
Velvet Thunder transfer.
Some details on the party to wet your appetite for next weekend…
- 12-8 pm Saturday June 1st
- 4th Anniversary Glassware Gift to the first 120 attendees
- 12-8 pm Backyard Beer Garden and Lawn Games with the back Brewery open for seating
- 12-4 pm BBQ burgers & corn on the cob (while supplies last), plus complementary Birthday Cake
- 12-3 pm Tie Dye Station & Kid Zone with Boys and Girls Club Yukon (bring cash to tie dye a Winterlong tshirt).
- Whitehorse Firefighters Charitable Society Firetruck visit between 12-3 pm.
Stay tuned to our event page (link above) for updates! We are looking forward to celebrating with all of you. Cheers to 4 years of doing what we love!