Posts Tagged ‘cuvee de tomme’

cuvee de cabrillo

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

I have definitely been on a funky/sour brewing kick lately.

  • now that my lambic and funky saison are quietly chugging away in the basement, I figured one more sour in the pipeline couldn’t hurt.
  • after debating a multitude of beers ranging from sour golden strongs to funky sessionable wild ales, I came across a general guideline in wild brews for a sour strong/quadrupel inspired by lost abbey’s cuvee de tomme, one of my favorite sour strongs.
  • after tweaking the recipe for my setup and changing a few variables, here’s what I came up with:
    • cuvee de cabrillo
    • 22.00 lb Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 66.07 %
      2.00 lb Aromatic Malt (26.0 SRM) Grain 6.01 %
      2.00 lb Caramunich Malt (56.0 SRM) Grain 6.01 %
      2.00 lb Munich Malt – 10L (10.0 SRM) Grain 6.01 %
      2.00 lb White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM) Grain 6.01 %
      0.65 lb Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM) Grain 1.95 %
      0.65 lb Special B Malt (180.0 SRM) Grain 1.95 %
      2.00 oz Northern Brewer, .3 oz Tradition (120 min) Hops ? IBU
      1.00 oz US Fuggle (2 min) Hops ? IBU
      2.00 lb Sugar, Table (Sucrose) (1.0 SRM) Sugar 6.01 %
  • I ended up with 11 gallons with an OG of 21 brix = 1.085.  I then split the batch into two 5 gallon corny kegs, fermented one with sour mix 1 and cascade apricot dregs, and hit the other with the roselare blend and ’09 drie fonteinen kriek dregs.
  • I am planning on racking on top of sour cherries in about six months and then blending and bottling after six more.  first things first though – the yeast needs to get going!  it has been almost three days and I have yet to see activity in the blowoff tubes.  I know these yeast blends take their time though, so I guess it’s time to RDWHAHB…

pizza port bottle shop carlsbad

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

port bottle shop outside

my folks are fortunate enough to live a stone’s throw from pizza port in carlsbad, and whenever I am down for a visit I can’t resist the temptation to stop by.  when the pizza port bottle shop opened next door it just sweetened the deal.

  • the spot is very reminiscent of city beer store, although no food is served (not surprisingly) and there is a back patio to chill out at, although there aren’t any seats inside.
  • there is also no corkage fee here, whereas city beer charges $1 a pop (last time I checked).
  • the place is packed with great beers, and most all are chilled (for better or worse).  they seem to be mostly organized by region, so moving from cooler to cooler is like doing a little beverage globetrotting.
  • as I had hoped, a cooler by the register had plenty of port/lost abbey goodies, including 2 sizes of cuvee de tomme and angel’s share – too bad I didn’t have a wad of cash on me!
  • to top it off, I was shooting it with the cashier and found out he worked at the bruery.  I love how connected the beer scene is in CA (not to mention the rest of the US).
  • all in all, the pizza port bottle shop is not to be missed – it has plenty of bottles that are not available or hard to find up in SF, as well as friendly staff and locals.  I’m actually glad I don’t live nearby, or temptation would attack my wallet with a vengeance.

tables at port bottle shop

some of the booty at port bottle shop

the coolers at port bottle shop

port/lost abbey 3rd anniversary party recap

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

in the barrel room

mother’s day 2009 happened to coincide with port brewing/lost abbey‘s third anniversary party at the brewing/aging facility they acquired from stone brewing in san marcos.  since my parents live in north county san diego, they agreed to head over to see what all the fuss was about.

  • the place was PACKED, as expected, so it took a little while to get a pour (although parking was not a problem, since the brewery is located in a business park).  also, a band was banging it out in the middle of the brew space.  the setup was definitely not for the faint of heart.
  • however, once you sided up to the bar, the selection was worth the wait.  I started off with a round of cuvee de tomme, an oak-aged sour quad that I had heard a lot about.  this beer was GREAT, as it combined two of my favorite beer genres (quads and sour beers) into a highly drinkable combination.  I was in love at first pour, but the keg kicked soon thereafter, so I was left to explore other options.
  • the next round was angel’s share brandy barrel, another great barrel-aged strong.  one word of advice to those with recent carbonation issues with bottles of this beer – place it in a warmer environment for a while and agitate the bottle occasionally.  hey, it works for homebrewers who do in-bottle secondary fermentations…
  • we also snagged a round of angel’s share broubon barrel.  see where this is going? all of port/lost abbey’s greats were available, and  sample sizes were generous.  since others like phunky duck were kicked, a few more angel’s shares got tossed around in their awesome barrel room before we called it a day and got out of there.
  • on a side note, pizza port pizza was being served as well, and although there was a considerable wait for that as well, it too was worth it.
  • note to self for future anniversary parties: 1) bring earplugs, 2) get there earlier and set up shop, 3) take a deep breath before entering and know what you are in store for.
  • also, check out the comment on this blog post for some enlightening information about the details of port brewing.

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