On tap this week: Guest Brewer/Beet Beer!

This week marks a couple momentous occasions. Fall is coming, and I’ve been busy preparing around the brewery with an extension to the patio space. I’ve been planning for a while to take over half of my double parking space to build extended patio benches, and I finally had a moment to build it out. If you came by last week, or cruised down the street, you likely noticed the new benches. For those of you that sat in them and disapprovingly found them built for a 6’2″ person, I’ve adapted them (read: hacked 3 inches off the legs). The planters are now built out, and I’m working this week to fill them with luscious foliage to make the beer taste even better. Thank you to Peter and Alleycat Acres for filling them with soil and compost made with our spent grain! As we get closer to the cold, you can expect the entire patio to be covered and a heat lamp and lighting to appear.

IMG_1843This week is also the release of our first beer from our Guest Brewer series. We are  filling the void left by the Farmhouse IPA with a special beer. One of my homebrew pals of old is close friend and high functioning human being Ian Hunter. You may remember him as the guy that painted the Standard Brewing sign. He’s an engineer, brewer, gardener, fisherman, bike nerd and artist and he’s got a great beet beer that we adapted to the Standard brewhouse to produce this:

IMG_1842It’s a light bodied pale ale with beet juice that Ian affectionately calls “Beet Ale Juice” (get it? No? Say it fast, out loud.). The beer is delicious. Using beets from his garden, we added juice at the end of the boil on the way to the fermenter. It’s refreshing and aromatically earthy and hoppy. Dry hopped more profusely than any beer I’ve made at Standard with Mosaic, Willamette and Amarillo, it has a refreshing vibe complimenting the earthiness of the beet juice. ABV is 5.5%, and you’ll be hard pressed to find another beer with a pink head on it. Here’s what went into the beer: