most important thing to realize about our
beer is that it is an all natural agricultural
product. Everything in all our beers comes
from the earth. Barley, wheat, hops, yeast,
water. All natural ingredients given life
and vitality through the natural process
of fermentation. No additives and no chemicals.
explore each of the main ingredients
in a little more detail:
Barley is a cereal grain; it grows in fields
all around the world. Special varieties
of barley are bred specifically for brewing.
is the process by which raw barley is made
ready for brewing. The raw barley is steeped
in water until it germinates. Enzymes naturally
present in the barley start to break down
proteins and starches into simpler more
accessible compounds. Once this process
is complete the barley is dried and kilned.
Variations in kilning time and temperature
can create malts ranging from very light
in color and flavor to dark, roasted, and
intense. By using varying amounts of these
different malts we can create a complex
palette of natural colors, flavors and aromas
in our beer.
Many of our beers also contain a percentage
of wheat, either raw, malted or both. Wheat
helps smooth and lighten the barley flavors,
and can help with head retention in the
Water makes up the majority of any beer,
and its properties are very important to
the finished product. All water must be
pure and delicious. Clean smelling and tasting,
and contain the proper mix of minerals.
The cone of the hop plant is added mainly
during the boiling process, but they can
also be added during aging and maturation.
The hop cone, or flower as it is sometimes
called, is very bitter and works to balance
the sweetness of the malted barley. Hops
also smell wonderful and can add refreshing
aromas to the finished beer.
The magical microorganism responsible for
turning sweet wort (see below) into beer.
Yeast use the sugars created during the
mashing process (again, see below) to fuel
their metabolisms. It is through the yeasts
metabolic processes that beer is created.
There are many different strains of brewing
yeast, each with their own distinct metabolism,
each creating very distinct tasting beers.
We use a variety of French and Belgian strains
carefully selected to bring out the maximum
complexity in our beers.