In this week's latest installment of our '5 Questions With' feature we're getting to know the folks at Jack's Abby Brewing:
1. What’s the next great beer you’re working on?
Just last week we visited our friends at Otter Creek in Vermont to brew our collaboration beer, Joint Custody, a nouveau Pilsner featuring Huell Melon and Mandarina Bavaria hops. We're debuting the beer at the Vermont Brewers Festival during the weekend of July 17-18 and it'll be available on draught and in six-pack 12 oz cans.
2. You’re barrel aging lagers - how’s that going?
Barrel Aging is going great...our problem of not having enough space for our barreling program is being alleviated as our new brewery we're currently building will have much more room for barrel aging! Our latest focus has been our Sour Project -- we're aging lagers in red wine barrels that we've soured with the aid of wild yeast and specially cultivated bacterial strains. We often also add fruit in the mix, creating clean, tart and citrusy flavors.
3. Do you see consumers embracing IPL’s?
Absolutely - we think consumers love the clean, crisp finish that IPLs provide without watering down any of that hop flavor.
4. Please explain the difference - that impacts taste buds - between ales and lagers?
Lagers ferment cleaner and crisper. They don't produce the esters and phenolics that ale yeast can. They also tend to ferment beer drier which adds to the crispness
5. How did the new hop field do?
The hop field continues to produce but was victim to a flood that it hasn't quite come back from.
ABOUT THE BREWERy
Jack's Abby Brewing
- Founded in 2011 by three brothers, Jack, Eric, and Sam Hendler, Jack’s Abby has become a mainstay of the craft brewing scene in the Northeast and nationwide. The Hendler brothers grew up in a family that promoted entrepreneurship, stubbornness, and hard work. Spending summers with their grandfather and working at the family’s ice distribution company, they learned the value of committed family members and loyal employees—the foundation of which Jack’s Abby is based. They’ve got quite the story to tell, and more in the making. Since opening, their brewery has tripled in size and is only continuing to grow. Click here to learn more about Jack's Abby.
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