Our Guest Tap features rotating brews from collaborators including local brewers (professional and homebrewers), cooks, vintners, distillers, or whoever has a beer recipe that intrigues us. The Guest Tap brews are small test batches available only at our tasting room, so once we announce them, you’ll have to hurry in to try them!
For our second Guest Tap, we will be pouring a Honey Red Ale brewed at Moody Ales by our very own Roxanne Cartwright. For those of you who have not been into our tasting room, Roxanne is the smiling face greeting you when you get here. On top of serving all of you fine folks your beers with a smile, Roxanne is an avid home brewer.
Roxanne has been homebrewing for about a year and a half and has brewed a number of styles, both from kit and all grain. Always up for a challenge, Roxanne asked her guests visiting for Christmas what beer they would like her to make. “They said, ‘Honey Red Ale’ so I said, ‘OK, I’ll do it!'”
So what are the best and worst beers Roxanne has made? She’s most happy with the way this Honey Red Ale turned out. “You’d think that the tin can of ‘Canadian Adventure Ale’ malt extract syrup that I bought from Superstore would be the worst batch of beer I’ve made. But it sadly was not”. Her worst brew was a failed attempt at a pumpkin ale which started with roasting way too much pumpkin and finished with a carboy full of a super thick pumpkin beer solution that had to be filtered through a sieve. “I learned my lesson. Not that I won’t keep experimenting…”
“To me this beer smells like honey and hops!” says Roxanne. “It’s a blend of American and Canadian ingredients and it falls somewhere between an Irish Red Ale that is malt-focused and an American Red Ale that is more hop-focused. The malts used are Pale, Munich, Crystal, and Black Patent, which combine to give it a reddish-hue and moderate malt aroma and flavor. The malts are complemented with American Cascade and Willamette hops which are brought out a lot in the flavor. Of course there’s honey added and some flaked oats for head retention.” We think it’s delicious and can’t wait for you all to try it!
We’ll be launching Roxy’s Turn On The Red Light Honey Red Ale on Friday February 20th. There is only 100L of this batch, so get in and try this awesome beer while you can! Roxanne will be working in the tasting room so you can ask her all about the beer. She’s a bit nervous to be serving her own recipe, so come out, support her and show her some love!