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And all of a sudden , it’s October…..
Aside from an employee bash and a wedding of a dear friend in Jackson Hole (see photos below), it’s been quite a busy month; but I guess the biggest news is our two new medals from the Great American Beer Festival!
Both were in the Gluten-Free category, a Bronze for Celia IPA and a Gold for Celia Framboise.
When Jen found out six months ago that she would no longer be able to drink my beer, I set out on a mission to brew her something better than what she was bringing home from the stores. Last year, Anheuser-Busch took the gold medal , this year all they got was the silver….
I’ve gone ahead and brewed a second batch of the Celia Framboise which will be ready in about 3-4 weeks. The IPA may have to be shelved for a while because I just can’t add two more full-time offerings. So for the near future, the framboise will be your gluten-free choice at The Alchemist.
The Heady Topper is flowing freely as you read this. It is certainly a good time to come in for a visit if you are a fan of the hops. Heretic turned out just wonderfully, and the next batch of Holy Cow is a choice one.
I’ve got a second batch of Harvest Ale fermenting right now. I’ll take it a bit drier than the batch currently pouring, and I think I’ll jack up the dry-hopping. It should be on through the month and into November maybe.
Uncle Daddy 2009 has finished fermenting and will be put onto the spices late this week. I bumped up the pumpkins from 75# to 100# and moved them all into the kettle. Wow. The pumpkin flavor is very pronounced, and the color is a beautiful shade of orange. That should be released somewhere around the middle of October. For those of you that don’t remember, it is a 7% abv Pumpkin Hefeweizen. And for you Boston area folks, Uncle Daddy will once again be poured at Cambridge Brewing Company’s charity event on Halloween.
I will be racking the Petit Mutant off of the cherries sometime soon. Look for this beauty late October/ early November……
Other than that, I’ll be making a big oatmeal stout for my next seasonal. I’ll keep you informed about it as I figure it out. Before you know it, I’ll be making El Jefe…
Until then, drink up…