Guest Tap #7 – Nerdberry Pale Ale

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!

It’s hard to believe that in only 10 months we’re already at Guest Tap #7! It’s been a lot of fun so far and we’ve been able to enjoy some really good beers!

For our seventh Guest Tap, we will be pouring the Nerdberry Pale Ale, a raspberry pale ale brewed by home brewers Joel and Trevor and our head brewer Dan.

Joel and Trevor’s foray into brewing is a fairly typical story.  Joel helped a friend brew a couple of time back in 1998 and always wanted to get into it. Trevor was thinking about getting into homebrewing because it was a great way to gain access to a large amounts of inexpensive beer. It was a match made in heaven! In the six years since 2009 the duo has brewed 27 batches and counting!

As with most homebrewers, the quality of the beer produced increases with experience. As Joel relates, “Our best beer is hard to pick, but it’s probably batch #26… the raspberry pale ale, which was the inspiration for the batch we made at Moody Ales”.

Other stand outs are the Christmas Ale—a holiday spiced dark beer and the Tennessee Oak Porter—a porter base with whiskey soaked oak chips added in the secondary.

“The worst beer was probably a dunkelweisen we made shortly after we started making double batches. We went through a run of a few batches with excessive DMS. Happy to say we never had any batches that were a total loss though: everything was drinkable and no one died or went blind!”

Joel had always wanted to make a raspberry beer. Back in the mid-90s Joel would drink a raspberry ale by Tall Ship Ales. They aren’t in business any more—they were a microbrewery in Squamish back in the day before craft beer was all the rage that it is now. But that beer made an impression because of the great mix of malt and sour fruit.

The recipe is very simple: mostly 2-row malt and very few hops. With recipe planning Joel and Trevor have learned that it’s important not to over-complicate things. So this is a basic pale ale with some very sweet raspberries added in the secondary. “We think it gives a nice balance and is very refreshing on a hot day.”

This beer came in at 5.6% ABV and a very hoppy 84 IBU. The recipe includes a fairly typical grain bill for an american pale ale: 2-row pale malt and medium crystal malt. Generous quantities of Cascade hops were used both as an early bittering hop and a late aroma hop. Finally when the beer was done primary fermentation 15 lbs of locally sourced raspberries were introduced giving this beer a delicious aroma reminiscent of summer!

We’ll be launching the Nerdberry Pale Ale on Friday, August 28th. As with all the guest taps, there are only 100L of this brew, so get in and get it while it lasts! Joel and Trevor will be hanging out in the lounge enjoying a few pints of this brew with family and friends so don’t hesitate to tap them on the shoulder and chat with them about this beer!