Thanks again to everyone who came out to Made in the Shade this weekend. We had a blast, and it seemed like everyone was really enjoying the beers. We made it through until about 2:30 before kicking the first keg (and the other 2 were soon to follow).
This is the time when I would post some pictures of the festival, but I’ll be honest, I was way too busy serving beers and chatting with everyone who came by the table to say hello to take any pictures, so you’ll just have to do a bit of digging on the interwebs. (the guys over at cold, hard, brews had a couple pics of me as well as a good cross-section of the festival)
I got some great feedback on the beers, both directly with comments from folks, and indirectly by seeing what people came back for. Events like this not only help build the network of beer loving folks, but are great for getting feedback at this point.
All in all, everyone was really happy with the beers, but the Local Saison was the big hit of the day. There were people coming back for seconds and thirds, and it really wasn’t a surprise that it was the first to run out. I think we can safely say that something with my house strain of local yeast is going to be on the initial offering table.
The Belgian pale got some really great feedback, but I think it needs a bit of tweaking still. I brewed a batch of it which was dry hopped with some Amarillo a while back, and really enjoyed the flavor, but thought the hops were a little overwhelming, so I omitted the dry hops on this batch, as well as increasing the belgian yeast flavors a bit. I liked the yeast flavors, but I think the dry hop was still a worthy addition. Somewhere in between those two batches lies Belgian Pale Nirvana, and I intent to find it.
And finally, the imperial brown was good, but not great. I had a lot of people order it just because of the alcohol content, and were pleasantly surprised at how smooth it was, but the overall reaction was lukewarm. That’s ok, this recipe was actually a variation on my imperial red, which I think is a much better beer than this brown was. The red has a really good chance of making it into the initial offering as well, so keep an eye out for some upcoming re-brews of that beer. I’ve got a couple other brown ale recipes that I liked better than this one, so if I get a brown into the seasonal rotation, it probably won’t exactly be this beer.
Like I said, incredible feedback. What a fun day. There’s another couple festivals coming up in the next couple months, and I would definitely love to make it out to them if possible, but we’ll have to see how construction is going at that point.
Great to see everyone out there, and we’ll catch you next time around!