October Brewers Log
October 1, 2020 9:16 am
October….might actually be my favorite month. The leaves are bursting with color, lagers are pouring, and stouts are starting to reappear. It’s nice to see the patio full during these […]
October….might actually be my favorite month. The leaves are bursting with color, lagers are pouring, and stouts are starting to reappear. It’s nice to see the patio full during these beautiful, slightly chilly nights. Farmer’s harvest is coming to an end. Apples are bright, sweet and delicious. Then to end it all, Halloween! A beer will be ready right in the middle of all October’s glory that I have been aging for 23 months for all to enjoy; the last of 2020’s Barrels of Life series. More is in store for 2021, don’t you worry. A brand new FAN PACK will arrive on liquor stores shelves early in the month, with two new flavors and the return of Brim Reaper also available in 6 packs. So let’s get down to the nitty gritty about this beautiful month. (In beer and in favorites)
Honey Saison 6.3% ABV 40 IBU
Available in our new FAN PACK and in our taproom by can. This beauty is golden in color, the mouthfeel is dry and bubbly. The aroma of this beer is of honey, clove, pepper and a slight hint of bubblegum. Each batch was brewed with fifty nine pounds of locally harvested honey, by our friends at Bone Lake Meadows Apiary. Delicious and a wonderful ale to drink by the fire, on a cool autumn evening.
Pumpkin Flanders 8.5% ABV 18 IBU
What was once red before it went into a barrel, came out a darker red from the char that was in the barrels. This ale was brewed with a certain Belgian yeast strain that was also blended with two strains of lactobacillus bacteria. These bacteria take sugars and create lactic acid to create a sour note in the ale. This ale was also brewed with four bushels of locally grown pumpkins by Brown Family Farm in Oak Park. We mashed them with baseball bats and threw them into lautertun with the malt. Hopefully to add a flavor and scent of pumpkin flesh. Aged in gin barrels for twenty-three months and two days, this ale has hints of lemon oil, juniper, pumpkin flesh, caramel, oak and cardamom. Completely dry and complex, slightly acidic, but delightfully approachable. If you can’t tell I’m proud and excited for you all to try this!
So much more happening this month in the FINNEGANS beer world. More new beers for the taps in the taproom and for the store shelves. I’ll say this, so far 2020 has been a strange ride. We are all still driven to produce some of the best beers you can drink, and we’re still not finished. Keep up the support and we’ll keep on kicking. Prost friends.
-Ryan Mihm, Head Brewer
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