Do you guys remember last month when I had the awesome idea that I should do a monthly feature about what’s in our fermenters? Guess what. Today’s the day.
But, before we get to that, I’m going to take a second and tell you guys that the dream is actually real now. We’ve had a small soft open. There were people other than John and I and contractors (and family) inside Trek Brewing Company. These people even seemed to enjoy themselves. They also purchased Trek Brewing Company beers. Which means, we did it. We opened a brewery. We’re pretty over-the-moon about these facts.
Currently we’ve got four Trek Brewing Company beers on tap, and we’ve got those same four in our fermenters. We’re still brewing on our 1bbl pilot system, which only produces 2 kegs of beer at a time. We’re brewing around the clock to keep those fermenters full, and we’ll continue to do so until our 15bbl system is online. The system should be arriving within the next month. Currently we’re focusing on brewing enough batches of these first four beers that if a keg blows during an event, we’ve got more to put on. We’ll be branching out to add a couple of more styles in the near future.
So, what are these beers? In our fermenters right now, we have our Cream Ale, a Pale Ale, a Vanilla Stout, and an IPA.
Our cream ale got rave reviews at last weekend’s event. It’s bartender Elizabeth’s current favorite. It’s a great light colored light bodied ale. If you’re not a craft beer drinker, this is a great “gateway beer”. It’s reminiscent of a domestic light ale, except it tastes delicious. Trek’s Cream Ale is sessionable coming in at 5.1% ABV.
The Trek Pale Ale is incredibly refreshing. John used Madarina-Bavaria hops which give it a beautiful citrusy smell, and leaves a taste of oranges or tangerines on your tongue. It’s a pretty hoppy version of the style, but it’s also sessionable, coming in at 5.8% ABV.
I’ve made no secret about the fact that the Vanilla Stout is my all time favorite beer. Trek’s Vanilla Stout is a perfect blend of roasty/chocolate malt flavor ended with just a kiss of vanilla. It’s sweet and roasty and just plain delicious. It’s not an overly heavy beer, so you won’t feel full after one pint. This beer comes in at 5.2% ABV.
Finally, the Trek Brewing IPA is last in our fermenters but it’s certainly not least. The IPA is the favorite of bartender Nick. It was also the favorite of many others at our soft open on Friday. You’ll love it’s distinctive hoppy flavor, but appreciate the balance that comes through. As with the Pale Ale, the hops give this IPA a citrusy nose and taste. Our IPA comes in at 6.8% ABV.