Saturday, October 25, 2008

2008 Scotch Ale & Really Old Brown Dog

Well, it looks like we’ve made it through the Summer of Sans Hops. We received our first shipment of 2008 harvested Cascades last week and it was almost enough to make this old brewer cry. The initial reports are of a bumper crop and it looks like we’ve turned the corner on the hop shortage. Of course the prices haven’t come down yet, but I guess expensive hops are better than no hops. Even though new hops are slowly arriving we’re still have a few malt forward beers lined up in the Big Beer Series.

Right now we have our Scotch Ale bottled and in the stores. This is a classic Scottish style ale which we’ve brewed with a touch of smoked grain. Last year we tried peat smoked malt, but returned this year to a beech wood smoked malt as we felt it added a smoother character.

Next up will be the long awaited return of the Really Old Brown Dog Ale. This beer was initially brewed in honor of our friend and mascot, the late Olive Francis Egelston. The original batch was more in the vein of a brown porter / old ale. We’ve revised the recipe to be more like an old ale / English barleywine. It’s fermenting away right now and smells amazing. We’re planning on finishing the beer with a few weeks on some port soaked oak chips. I have really high hopes for this beer and can’t wait to check out the blend of big malt notes with the port wood. As we head into winter here in New England I can only imagine how great this beer will be on a cold evening. You should be able to see this beer in stores by mid-December.




John-Mark said...


Is the Really Old nearing shipment? I have a bottle from the last brewing (2007?) that I've been saving to compare.

Thanks and keep up the good work.

Bierman9 said...

I saw some in my local Shaws (Nashua) today... go for it... drinking one right now... tasty!


Eric said...

I have three in my pantry! Just picked them up at Trader Joe's in Brookline.

Really Old Brown dog is possibly my favorite Smutty beer. Some big beers have bark and bite, but this one is just brown and friendly.


RHP said...

I can't get enough! My wife and I love it and it goes perfect with a very cold New England winter night.