Thursday, January 5, 2012

Jake's Friday Tapping Parties/Lincoln: Upstream 'Double Dutch' /Omaha: Modern Monks 'Gruit'

Friday (1/6) tapping parties for the Lincoln & Omaha Jake's

LINCOLN JAKE'S: This Friday Lincoln will be getting down with another great beer from the Upstream Brewers Whim Series, 'Double Dutch'. This time around brewer Mike Hall and the boys have created a wonderful Belgian-style Dubbel, known for their complex polygamy of rich malt, fruity esters and classic spicy Belgian phenolics.

Brewery description: "Upstreams Double Dutch was inspired by the centuries-old brewing practices of the Belgian Trappist monks. This deep garnet malty brew gives off a variety of aromas, including plum and cinnamon, and packs in flavors such as caramel, toffee, and licorice. At 8.3% ABV, it is known to get you speaking Double Dutch if you don't watch out. Drink Up! 1.077 OG, 8.3% ABV, 20 IBU"

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

OMAHA JAKE'S: It is Omaha's turn for the collaboration beer between Lincoln homebrewer Kevin Kroll and the Modern Monks. Kevin & the Monks 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. 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.

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

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