Brew Q & A: Brombeere Blackberry Gose

Blackberries

Summer is in full swing! Whether you’re enjoying time with family and friends, getting outside or finishing a long day at work, we have the beer for you. Our new summer seasonal, Brombeere, a Blackberry Gose, is light and refreshing for all of your summer moments. We sat down with Tony Rau, our Lab Technician and brains behind our souring process, for a little behind the scenes look at Brombeere.

 

Q: The new seasonal is a Blackberry Gose. What is a Gose?

A: A beer… (Tony jokes). Gose style beers are slightly salted soured wheat ales typically brewed with coriander. This style of beer originated in Germany and they often used salt water when brewing, hence the saltiness in the beer. It’s pretty unique.

bromeere-glass-bottle

Q: Can you tell us about the process of making this beer? I’ve heard it has been intense.

A: The process for making and brewing Brombeere has been very labor intensive. When brewing this Gose, we had to use our lacto culture to sour in the brew kettle. This is an added step in the brewing process. Lacto resides on grain husks. I took it and cultivated the bacteria for this particular culture that has been growing for over a year. It’s special to us, because it’s a natural occurring process and we took a long time letting this cultivate.

 

Q: Is there anything else that was different for this brewing process?

A: We are definitely pushing the creativity in our brewhouse and it is proving what it can truly do. Our new system is not meant to brew this style of beer because of the intense process, kettle souring and temperature changes. During the sour process, we use a specific temperature that the lacto enjoys; it is higher than normal fermentation temperatures but much less than boiling. Due to the intricate process, it takes longer to knockout Brombeere from our brewhouse meaning it has to stay in each vessel much longer than usual. We stop all other brewing production when we brew batches of Brombeere.

Brombeere in kettle

Q: It sounds like you’ve been busy! What are some key flavors to look for when enjoying Brombeere?

A: It’s deliciously refreshing. Seriously. There is a bit of saltiness, clean lactic acid produced from the soured culture, obviously a hint of blackberry, a little coriander and a subtle tartness.  We used pureed blackberries during fermentation to ensure it mixed uniformly in the beer. In my opinion, this beer has the perfect flavors for summer. I’m excited to share it with everyone.

 

The Real Dill Collaboration – Myrcenary Pickles

Real Dill Blog Photo 1We all love beer and chocolate, and beer and cheese. But, have you ever thought about beer and pickles? We joined forces with our friends at The Real Dill to combine two things we love and are anxious to share our collaboration. This is really a true collaboration…

 

Three years ago, our tap room manager Kailey was enjoyingbeers at Great Divide. She started chatting with a fellow beer lover (who we now know is Tyler). Turns out, Tyler and longtime friend Justin, own a company called The Real Dill. The Real Dill is a pickle company based out of Denver, Colorado (and their pickles are dillicous). Kailey and Tyler started chatting about a pickle series they have called Briners and Brewers. Ironically, Great Divide (where they met and were enjoying beers) had collaborated with them for their first release in the series. Guess who will be part of that series next? That’s right – Odell Brewing Co.

Final Product 1

 

Justin and Tyler started by brewing a batch of Myrcenary with our brewers here. They enjoyed the flavor profile from Myrcenary. From there, they took similar ingredients (and inspiration from their brewing experience) for a special brine for their upcoming Briners and Brewers Pickle series. Myrcenary contains hops that boast a nice grapefruit and citrus character. We all thought this flavor would go great in a pickle.  The brine contains unfermented Myrcenary, grapefruit, whole flower hops, peppercorn, and red pepper flakes for a little kick. A few of our co-workers joined Justin, Tyler, and their team in Denver and helped can A LOT of pickles.

Canning Day w The Real Dill

This collaboration is a limited series! We’ll be releasing these Myrcenary pickles as part of The Real Dill’s Briners and Brewers Series on July 10 in our tap room. These pickles will be perfect for your next picnic, backyard BBQ or snack!

Click here for more information on where to find the Briners and Brewers Series pickles.

Charity of the Month – The Matthew’s House

Odell Outreach and our Charity of the Month Program

Matthew's House 2 - June

(Photo credit: The Matthew’s House https://www.facebook.com/thematthewshouse?ref=br_rs)

As we move into summer and plan time to spend with family and friends outside the grind of daily life, it is important to remember that there are young people in our community that are struggling with things that we find easy and attainable. The Matthew’s House, our June Charity of the Month, exists to combat the struggles of an often forgotten demographic, young adults aged 16-20. I’ll never forget my first tour over five years ago; we stopped in the kitchen where guests that lacked mentors in their lives were taught to make simple meals and to properly write a check, things that I took for granted. There was a room that was a lot like the living room in the house I grew up in, where I sat on the floor and did my homework at the coffee table, a computer lab, a manicured lawn, a warm room with a couple of chairs where you could have a conversation, feel “listened-to.” Invaluable security to a young person as they evolve into adulthood, and it was all free. They have since moved into the Community Life Center at 220 N Grant Ave in Fort Collins and I look forward to a visit with Jerri and her team. It boasts a similar warm atmosphere to the original Matthew’s House but offers a richer variety of resources.

Matthew's House 1 - June

 (Photo credit: The Matthew’s House https://www.facebook.com/thematthewshouse?ref=br_rs)

Empowering youth, strengthening families and building community are the guiding mantras of The Matthew’s House. Their mission is to “empower young adults and families in transition who lack a significant support network by providing the resources and relationships necessary for them to take control of their lives and shape positive futures for themselves, while becoming successful contributors to their community.” To read more about the opportunities that The Matthew’s House provides, please visit http://www.thematthewshouse.org/community-center/

*** We are working on an action item and hope to have a volunteer project put together in the very near future. For information, follow our Odell Outreach page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/odelloutreach/

 

Tip Jar: La Familia

La Familia is an amazing organization tucked away off of North College in Fort Collins. It offers a multicultural experience for children from one year old to an Early Childhood Education certified pre-kindergarten classroom. They house an incredible amount of family support in one location from donated diapers and formula to fresh vegetables from an organic garden growing out back! It is worth a visit if you have never been to see the sunny and positive atmosphere that the Family Center has created for its clients. “Since 1995, The Family Center/La Familia, a bilingual and multicultural organization, has provided services and advocacy in the Fort Collins community for the underserved and underrepresented, with the primary goal to strengthen and stabilize families with children. The Family Center/La Familia emerged from a coalition of Fort Collins community members concerned about maintaining and enhancing the quality of life for working families in Larimer County. The organization was established as part of Colorado’s Family Initiative and, as a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, maintains a focused vision to provide services that build stronger, safer families.” To read more about the rich culture and support at La Familia, please visit http://www.thefamilycenterfc.org/

La Familia - June

(Photo credit: La Familia http://thefamilycenterfc.org/)

Please visit our tap room in support of these two organizations! Our Charity of the Month recipients receive month-long exposure to our tap room guests, the opportunity to host an event in our space after-hours, access to our volunteer base for approved projects and a donation from our charitable fund housed at the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado. Our tip jar recipients also receive month-long exposure to our tap room guests and a donation at the end of the month based on the generosity of our tap room guests. Both are conscientiously chosen by our in-house charitable committee comprised of co-workers from our diverse departments.

Raising one for our community,

Karla Baise, Community Outreach Coordinator