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Two Months of Silence

A One-Hundered Year Rain
The heavens opened up and flooded the brewery at the end of March. Rebuilding required a little time, a bit of money, but most of all, it took a lot of beer. One of GCBC’s biggest fans stepped up and offered to help. Perhaps it was his good heart, but we like to think that the prospect of working next to three open taps may have made it too hard to turn the job down. Floor boards were laid, molding was cut, paint was applied and pints were gulped. Many pints. Tall, 20oz full-pour imperial pints. Alright, so maybe an entire keg was consumed during reconstruction. But we make beer for our friends and its most gratifying to see them enjoy it. Thanks again, Clem.

Around the same time, a couple of old friends visited for the weekend. They were quite intrigued to learn of the Raspberry Milk Stout sitting idle in the storage closet. Being a sweet dessert beer, it did not kick as quickly as a session brew might and was taken off the lines to make room for another keg. Seeing as a tap line just opened up, it was put back on CO2. These two gulped it down warm and then asked for more. They loved it!

As expected, the final keg of our RDP (Ril Dil Pils, batch #22) didn’t last long. Lagered since November, post-ride and post-workout rehydration sessions put a quick dent in the supply. RDP established Czech Pils as a definitive GCBC style. Looking forward, we have considered investing in dedicated lager fridge so that we could brew these beers all year round.

Back on the Horse
Sensing an approaching beer shortage, we fired up the burner in late April and took to the brewing the Golden Fleece (batch #30). Just tonight I kegged the East Coast variety. Smooth and refreshing; a gulper sure to rival it’s predecessor (batch #17) in drinkability. It’ll be ready for the weekend, as will be the lagered version of our Smoked Blonde (batch #28) which was also kegged just a couple of hours ago.

Hop Crop
Finally, I have yet to post about the GCBC home-grown hop field which was started last year. Given all the rain and nature of a first year growth, the yield was disappointing. However, growth has been impressive so far this season. The Cascades and Glaciers have both breached the wall (over 10ft high) while the Horizon vines struggle in comparison. Up top, we planted five new varieties: Newport, Sterling, Zeus, Magnum and Nugget. Expect a harvest ale in late August with fresh & sticky hop cones — direct from the vine to the kettle.

What’s Next?
Citra Pale Ale. More on that later.

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  1. clem said

    working at the brew house was absolutely one of the top two best work environments of all time.the other was when i was 24 and built a taco bell next to a strip club in rochester ny.thanks guys.keep up the good work…..Buuurp:)

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