Monday, May 19, 2014

Big Beer Series: Frankenlager

Smuttynose Frankenlager is on its way to a beer store near you, if it isn't there already. 

Smuttynose is on the verge of opening our long-awaited new brewery at Towle Farm in Hampton, but we have been brewing for a little while now, putting our brand new equipment to work. Frankenlager, an India Pale Lager, is the first Big Beer to come from our new home, which means our brewing staff has been able to make decisions that weren’t possible before. 

When you pour Frankenlager into a glass, you’ll be struck by its deep golden color, clarity, a signature grapey aroma and clean malt character.

Our new, automated, German brewhouse gives us excellent controls over mash profiles, so we’ve decoction-mashed this beer, which helps with the extra clarity, but more importantly, adds the unique grape-like character. It’s a traditional German technique for lager brewing and we’re very excited to be able to use it here. A more efficient boil means a cleaner malt taste and a brighter, smoother beer. By automating, we control all the times and temperatures.  On a brewhouse like this, it really is all about the recipe. Our new centrifuge spins out residual yeast and solids to the level we choose, which also means that we reduce waste, while cleaning up the visual appearance of our beer, another significant step forward.

Don't forget, we begin brewery tours on May 31, 10am at the new brewery.  We'll see you soon!

Frankenlager Vital Stats

6.1% abv   60 IBU   15° Plato
Malt: North American 2-Row
Hops: Bittering- Magnum, Flavor and Dry Hop- Saphir
Yeast: WLP-920 Old Bavarian Lager

Suggested Food Pairings: Spicy dishes such as curries, chicken satay with peanut sauce, spicy tamales

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