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!
The Moody Ales Guest Tap program lives on with the introduction of Guest Tap #9. This time around our guest brewer is not one, but two awesome home brewer’s Amy and Mathew. Lovers of craft beer, Amy can be found working at the Lounge of our good friends Dageraad Brewing.
Inspired by a friend’s homebrew which opened their eyes to how good homebrew could be, they started brewing for themselves in March of 2015 – this makes the fact that they ran this brew almost on their own on our pilot system even more impressive.
Their worst brew to date? A delicious IPA that didn’t carbonate – flat beer isn’t very good. They say their best brew was the version of this CDA they brought us a a couple of months ago, the reason they we are here today!
So why brew a CDA? We’ll let Amy tell you. “Quite honestly, it was inspired by a bar of soap that a friend made. It was dark brown in colour, and smelled like lemon. I thought I have to brew a beer like this! With light citrus flavour on a dark malt base. Voila!
This was a fun project. Matthew was in charge of the malt profile, and after researching, he decided on Maris Otter, Crystal 30, and Carafa Special II
Amy came up with the hops varieties and schedule. We used Cascade, Centennial, Citra and Sorachi Ace, in hopes that their citrus flavours would come through in the beer.
We were also gifted some lemon balm by some friends who suggested we might brew with it one day. Well, they were right! This was the beer that needed the lemon balm, and we were excited to incorporate it!”
We’ll be launching the Redemption Cascadian Dark Ale (CDA) on Tuesday November 3rd. As with all the guest taps, there are only 100L of this brew, so get in and get it while it lasts!