Thursday, December 29, 2011

Jake's Friday Tapping Parties/Lincoln: Modern Monks 'Gruit'/Omaha: Moinette Blonde by Dupont‏‏

LINCOLN JAKE'S: (12/30) This Friday's tapping party is also the third homebrewer/brewery collaboration in a row for the Lincoln Jake's. This time around the Modern Monks and Lincoln homebrewer Kevin Kroll have teamed up to recreate Kevin's 'Gruit', the latest beer in the Wandering Monk series.

A lesser known and ancient beer style, Gruit ales are said to have been made across Europe between the 8th and 18th century. The uniqueness being they are brewed without the use of hops, instead using herbs to bitter and balance the beer. Botanicals such as sweet gale, yarrow, rosemary, juniper, mugwort and wormwood were commonly used used. When Kevin began refining his recipe, his biggest concern was making a beer that still focused on the flavors beers of today are known for, and less on the intense herbal flavors which he has found many homebrew versions have, and thus creating a perfect harmony of balance. An unknowing palate might not even notice that there were no hops used, as Kevin has masterfully blended the perfect portions of herbs for his secret recipe (historically the recipes were kept secret by the brewers), ending up with a biscuity and mildly sweet amber ale with an inviting floral character.

Cheers Kevin and the Monks for an outstanding Gruit!

5:00 pm Jake's Lincoln (14th & P St.)

OMAHA JAKE'S: (12/30) Omaha has been blessed yet again with a tasty Belgian treat from Brasserie Dupont. This time around is Moinette Blonde, an Abbey Tripel with an incredible 99 rating on Rate Beer.

Vanberg & Dewulf description- "In Belgium this is the best seller from the Dupont Brewery due in part to the historical association of the brewery’s land with the Benedictine abbey of Gembloux. Because it weighs in at an estimable 8.5% ABV, it is admired by fans of Trappist and abbey beers, though it is distinctly drier and more herbal than these styles. Saison Dupont is much better known in this country but Moinette Blonde and Brune are rapidly gaining followings among beer aficionados. Moinette has an herbal bouquet, ginger, pear and spice notes. Full and round with a fruity finish and snappy hop bitterness."

5:30 pm Jake's Omaha (62nd & Maple)

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