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September 17th, 2011

A duo of lagers for Sept/Oct and a collaboration announcement!

We’re excited to present our very first lagers for your drinking pleasure! Many craft brewers tend to brew only ales since they are easier and quicker to produce. Lagers, with their cooler fermentation temperatures and longer maturation requirements, need more tank time and attention to brew – but here at Westbrook we think the results are worth the wait! The Zwickelbier, a rarely seen German lager style, gets it name from the sampling valve on a fermentation tank (“Zwickel” in German). It is unfiltered, relatively low in alcohol, and served very soon after fermentation is complete. For this reason, Zwickelbiers usually don’t make it very far from the brewery where they are produced. Our version is brewed with 100% German Pils and Vienna malts and Czech Saaz hops. A cold fermentation with a classic Bavarian lager yeast lets the pure flavors of the malt and hops shine through. Look for it on tap very soon! The Maerzen (or Octoberfest as they are more commonly called in the US) is a smooth amber lager brewed with Vienna, Munich, and Caramunich malts. Again, the Bavarian lager yeast creates a clean, malt focused beer perfect for drinking by the liter outside in the cool fall weather. In fact, the Marzenbier will be making its debut at just such an occasion – the 2nd annual Octoberfest at Closed for Business this Friday, 9/23! If you can wait a few more days, it will be hitting the taps around SC the following week.

We’re also thrilled to announce the upcoming release of our first collaboration beer!

Earlier this summer we brewed two beers with the guys from The Charleston Beer Exchange – the first is now sleeping soundly in our barrel room and won’t be ready for 18 months, but the second beer is ready to drink now! It’s a single-hopped Cascade double IPA brewed with approximately 50 lbs of fresh grapefruit, and then dry-hopped 4 times(!!) in the fermentor. We have dubbed this beer the Citrus _____ Exchange and it will be released sometime the week of the 26th at the Charleston and Greenville Beer Exchange stores. It will also be on sale at the brewery for tasting and growler fills, and a small amount should be making an appearance at some of our best draft accounts around town.

Here’s a few photos from the brewing sessions:

Pre-brew breakfast. It was the only place open before 6am on Sunday!

Brandon Plyler (aka "Old Time") adds some sugar to the boil

Rich gets the grain out of the lauter tun. Intern George assists.

And then Rich gets weird with the barrels

While the wort boils, a fierce match of badminton breaks out

Cheers to a successful brew!

That’s all for now – we’ll be back soon with an update on our canning line and more new beers for this fall/winter.

Cheers,

Edward & Morgan

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