Posts Tagged ‘consecration’

cuvee de banning

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

last weekend I finished up the last of my four “house” sours – cuvee de banning.

  • after finishing my first “american-style” sour (cuvee de cabrillo), I decided to toss four “house” sours into my brewing pipeline, such that after a year’s time, a new year-aged sour would be available for bottling every three months.  the pipeline is filled as follows:
  • as noted above, banning is a sour blond ale inspired by various recipes for russian river’s temptation.  the recipe is as follows (for 13 gals @ 80% efficiency):
    • 26.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) Bel (3.0 SRM) Grain 94.55 %
      1.50 lb White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM) Grain 5.45 %
      3.00 oz Saaz [2.00 %] (60 min) Hops 7.6 IBU
      0.50 oz Saaz [2.00 %] (30 min) Hops 1.0 IBU
      0.50 oz Saaz [2.00 %] (5 min) Hops 0.3 IBU
  • I used some of my stash of aged hops from seven bridges for a sub-10 IBU count and pitched a starter made from a vial of white labs WLP655 and dregs from bottles of RR’s consecration, two brothers’ askew, and drie fonteinen oude geuze.  after 4-5 days, the starter had developed a healthy pellicle and was smelling pretty funky when I pitched it at 72F.
  • I also had MV over and whipped up a batch of belgian blonde for his upcoming wedding, and he took home a bag of spent grains to make some dog treats.  congrats MV, and enjoy the brew!

weekend in review 02/27-02/28

Monday, March 1st, 2010

this last weekend was full of destinations, both old and new.

  • AP and I met up with NB and PB over at anchor and hope down in SOMA.  I remember beer and nosh reviewing this place a while back.
  • the food was good, and the beers were even better.  the jug shop developed the beer list, which was pretty deep and had some good choices.  the staff was friendly and pretty knowledgeable about their brews, especially one dude who was sent over after we picked up a bottle of allagash‘s curieux for the table.
  • we hit up a wide variety of beers – I started with drake’s 1500 on the hand pump and finished with a (very generous) pour of valley brewing’s old inventory barleywine.
  • the next day AP and I trekked up to santa rosa, where we made an obligatory stop at russian river brewing for overflowing pours of temptation, consecration, and supplication.
  • another mandatory destination was the bottle barn, where we scored more than a few good brews at great prices.  why pay $25 for a russian river bomber at the brewpub when you can get em here for $18.99?  I love that place.
  • after checking out a lackluster chinese new year parade in chinatown with AF, we all rolled over to rogue for a nightcap – I chose a pint of john john, which was pretty great and will be reviewed in the future once I crack open a bomber of it for a second opinion.

the jug shop russian river night

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

the russian river lineup

last friday AP and I met up with CB and TB over at the jug shop for their russian river night.

  • I had never been to the jug shop before, despite positive reviews from CB.  I had no idea how large it was!
  • I also didn’t expect such an eclectic selection of brews on the shelves – there were many I had never seen before, and some that had disappeared from other spots in the city long ago (atlantic IPA anyone?).  I was impressed.
  • as for the tasting lineup, favorites such as consecration (batches 1-3), temptation (batch 4×3), and my personal favorite, beatification (batch 2), were poured, along with supplication (batch 4×3), damnation (batch 54)/batch 23, and salvation (batches 5 and 9).  oh yeah, and some blind pig and pliny as well.  it was killer.
  • the tasting area was thoroughly packed, so we just ended up tasting the offerings while hanging out in the aisles, where there was plenty of room.  the crowd was jovial and relaxed, and it never took more than a minute to get a pour (thanks AP!).  I liked how the staff announced each new brew as it was popped and made sure everyone had their fill before moving on.
  • although the selection wasn’t as thorough as, say, toronado’s russian river night, the small, fun crowd and great price ($25!) made this event a winner.  plus, any more brews in the lineup probably would have buried me for the night.

artsy fartsy

the crowd

one of the many rounds

deschutes little buddha, rr consecration at naja’s

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

enjoying the first pour of consecration

last weekend, while conducting some business down in LA, I managed to squeeze in a trip to (surprise!) naja’s place for a couple of brews with OA, SA, and friends.

  • while waiting at the side bar for everyone to arrive, I was poured a taster of little buddha, a sour ale from deschutes.
  • to say that this beer was intense would definitely be an understatement.  it had a strong vinegary aroma and an extremely dry, sour finish with a hint of fruit sweetness.
  • I liked where this beer was going, but was also glad that there were no more than a couple ounces in my glass – a full pour of this would do some damage.
  • after starting off with a sour as wild as little buddha, I had no other option but to grab a bottle of consecration for the table as a follow-up.
  • in my opinion, consecration is a great “eye-opener” beer for those new to sour ales.  it’s balance and drinkability makes it very approachable to the newcomer, and it doesn’t hurt to start someone out with one of the greatest sours california has to offer.  that oaky, fruity tartness really gets me.
  • everyone at the table gave it a pour, and by the end of the session I think they all left a little more curious about where the boundaries of beer really lie.

a sufficient little buddha pour

"what kind of beer did you say this was again?"

russian river brewing company

Friday, October 30th, 2009

the bar at russian river

last weekend TM, JVG, JC, and I went disc golfing at novato.  however, before a disc was tossed we made a detour toward santa rosa for a couple brews at russian river brewing company.

  • one of my favorite things about the russian river pub (aside from all their on-premises conditioning and barrels) is the huge new albion sign hanging above the bar.  for a little brewing history, check out these articles on Jack McAuliffe and new albion.

new albion sign

  • JVG ordered up the O.V.L. stout, TM and I picked up an emprircal 7 saison (sessionable, but not remarkable), and JC couldnt decide, so he ordered the taster.
  • the waiter brought back the most impressive taster I have ever seen – 14 beers were lined up for sampling!  it gave all of us a chance to try some beers that we woudn’t have otherwise been able to order up.

massive taster at russian river

  • after sampling a mulitude of offerings, I couldn’t help but go back to one of my favorites – temptation.  JVG and JC each ordered up a consecration.
  • the best part of the trip?  on sundays, all beers are $3.25 all day!
  • after unsuccessfully trying to convince the waiter to fill me a growler of temptation, we rolled out of russian river towards petaluma… (to be continued!)

empirical 7 and O.V.L. stout

the lineup at russian river

JVG enjoying his stout

tap list at russian river

fermentation/conditioning tanks at russian river

barrels at russian river