Today, the Fire Department signed off on Standard Brewing, and that paves the way for my final inspection with the DPD, scheduled for tomorrow. This one doesn’t seem like a tough one, but let’s not grow optimistic, lest the we be caught off guard.
In fermentors I’ve got a barrel each of the Imperial IPA, Rye IPA, and CDA. The Rye IPA is almost done, and it’s quite nice. The grain bill includes 2 Row, Rye, Caramel 40L and Chocolate Malt. It’s dry hopped with Simcoe, Centennial, and Citra. I’m currently giving White Labs’ San Diego Super Yeast a spin with this one, and so far I’m loving it. It’s clocking in at about 6.7%, which is right where I wanted it.
The CDA is getting close to wrapping up as well. My take on a CDA (or Black IPA, if you must) is much lighter in color than most. It’s an undefined category of beer, and still getting hashed out by the community. I feel like it’s a good time to play with the boundaries of this style, perhaps even differentiating the CDA (Cascadian Dark Ale) from the BIPA in some way. I prefer mine to be both a touch more roasty and sweet than a typical IPA, but aromatic and bitter. I don’t want just an IPA that is dark, and I don’t want the hops to get lost in a porter-like frame. The deep brown red hues on the lighter end of the black IPA spectrum appeal to me, and so this is where I’m aiming. This guy should finish around 9%, and features Cascade, Chinook, Columbus and Willamette.
Last up is the Imperial IPA, which is going to finish around 8%, so it’s riding the line between regular style and Imperial in my book. This beer gets to play with the new hop known as “Belma”. First-worting Cascade, Columbus and Belma, and whirlpool hopping with Belma and Willamette, this should be a fun way to highlight what it brings to the table. Smelling them fresh, Belma is a hard hop to pin down. Some say “strawberries” or “melon” or “pineapple-tropical”. I’m staying agnostic for the moment, but this should be a fun trial. Dry hopping will be determined once I get a feel for what the fermented wort wants.
Stay posted for neighborhood events. Opening parties (very plural) should be cascading through very shortly.