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Guest Tap #14 – Oatmeal Stout From The Soon-To-Be-Open-For-Business Gibsons Tapworks!

For those of you that follow our Guest Tap series, you know that we take much pride in profiling the great beers produced by the homebrew community. This time, we bring you something a little different. Guest Tap #14 is a sneak preview into a lineup of commercial beers from Gibsons Tapworks, soon to hit the coastal community of Gibsons, BC.

As it so happens, it all started one night at Moody Ales. A friend of mine, Warren, sat in the tasting lounge with his wife, sipping beer, pondering a career change, when it came to him — open a brewery in Gibsons where much of his family already resides and where he can raise a family of his own. Warren approached me with the idea and a few bottles of his homebrew. Based on the quality of the beer and the questions he was asking it was clear from the start that he was going to make it happen. He teamed up with two partners, Neil and Geoff, and set about identifying a vision and set of values that would help them establish a brand and lineup of beers.

From there it was a familiar story: secure some financing, find a place, build it out — all the while fine-tuning the recipes. In order to get some hands on experience, Warren and Neil spent a good part of the summer at Moody Ales getting their hands dirty, pitching in wherever they could. It turns out they were so helpful that I don’t think we could have made it through the crazy busy summer without them!

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The trio then spent the fall getting everything ready for the equipment to arrive. From personal experience I can say this is one of the most exciting yet stressful stages of the process. A lot can go wrong here but I am pleased to say that as of the time of this writing, the equipment is now in place, and all seems to be going well.

Despite being insanely busy, the boys found time to come over to the mainland and brew one of their recipes on our pilot system. For us, this was exciting as it was something we had talked about from the beginning and it meant they were getting really close to their launch date.

So without further ado, I present to you, the HWY 102 Oat Stout from Gibsons Tapworks. This beer has a smooth roast character with a touch of sweetness. The rounded mouthfeel is attributed to a healthy dose of oats and the slight chocolate roast flavour is a result of the roast barley and pale chocolate malts. With an ABV of 5.0% and IBU of 22, this is a beer you can sit down with and spend some time.

From all of us at Moody Ales, we want to congratulate the boys at Gibsons Tapworks for their incredibly hard work, and relatively short turnaround time on achieving their goal! We are excited to be launching this beer on their behalf and even more excited for the great beers we expect to see coming out of their brewery sometime in mid-February!

-Dan

PS: You can follow their progress, including their own blog series, at:

www.gibsonstapworks.com

www.gibsonstapworks.com/blog

https://www.facebook.com/gibsonstapworks/

https://www.instagram.com/gibsonstapworks/

Guest Tap #12 – Brian’s Sleepytime Kolsch

Oct. 1 2016

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!

Our last guest tap was a Weizenbock by Brian Menges, who is also the brewing mastermind behind this next guest tap: Brian’s Sleepytime Kolsch! I had a chance to sit down with Brian and talk beer.

Courtney: I know it’s only been five months since your last guest tap with us, but have you learned any new homebrewing lessons in that period of time?

Brian: I’ve learned that keeping things simple is better, and to not over complicate recipes.

Courtney: What are your current go-to beers?

Brian: Moody Ales IPA, Twin Sales Pilsner, Old Jalopy from Powell Street, and probably the Red Pilsner from Steel + Oak.

Courtney: Do you have any guilty pleasure beers?

Brian: Occasionally I’ll have some PBR.

Courtney: What was the inspiration for your Sleepytime Kolsch.

Brian: With the kolsch, I wanted to do something for the spring or summer, light and easy to drink. I was in the brew shop buying my ingredients and I thought, “let’s do something different!” so I decided to try it.

Courtney: Tell us about this beer.

Brian: The beer is light and refreshing with floral and herbal aromas. I kept the hop bitterness low to accentuate the sweetness from the chamomile, giving it almost a slightly honey taste. All in all, I’d say it is a great substitute for sleepy time tea!

Brian’s Sleeytime Kolsch has an ABV of 5.1% and an IBU of 25. It will be on tap Saturday, October 1st while quantities last in the Moody Ales tasting room!

– Courtney

Guest Tap #10 – Novia’s Smoked IPA

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 has reached double digits with Guest Tap #10. This batch of Smoked IPA was brewed on our pilot system by Novia Chen, a relatively new brewer, who along with her partner Sho Ogawa, are making a big splash on the home brew scene!

Here is the question and answer session with Novia:


Dan: How did you get into homebrewing?

Novia: Being a long-term beneficiary of my partner Sho’s homebrew and having participated in developing foreign extra stout for our first competition, I figured that it would have been even more fun and constructive towards the creation of the beer that we drink at home if I also brew.

Dan: How long have you been brewing?

Novia: I assisted in Sho’s brewing sessions from time to time, and did my first one-gallon brew of a farmhouse ale in May, 2015. We’ve worked together on 22 batches since.

Dan: Best and worst beer you’ve made at home?

Novia: Smoked IPA turned out to be my favorite, although our plum Oud Bruin got better reviews. All the beer that we’ve made is good so far!

Dan: Why this beer?  What was the inspiration?

Novia: For some reason, Sho and I really enjoy making odd-sounding or rare beer styles. The combination of smoked beer and IPA immediately grabbed our interest. Having just moved back to town from Connecticut, USA, I can’t deny that the east coast Dogfish Head 60 minute IPA made an impact on this beer.

Dan: Tell us about the beer and the ingredients used.

Novia: We went for simple malt bill: 2-row, dark munich and beechwood smoked malt. I decided on a mix of US and Australian hops that could bring forward citrus and stone fruit notes which were magnum, palisade, galaxy and topaz. Sho wanted super resiny hops, but we went with my plan.


Novia’s Smoked IPA comes in at 6.9% with an IBU of 43. The beer goes on tap at Moody Ales on Tuesday, November 24th and as with all the guest taps, there are only 100L of this brew, so get in and get it while it lasts!

-Dan

Guest Tap #9 – Redemption Cascadian Dark 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!

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!”

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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!

– Adam

Guest Tap #8 – Belles Big Hearted 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!

The Moody Ales Guest Tap program keeps flowing with the introduction of Guest Tap #8. This time around our guest brewer is none other than our very own Julian Zelazny! Julian is a Master BJCP beer judge and a lover of craft beer. He can be found several nights a week serving beer behind the bar in our lounge.

With 31 years of home brewing under his belt, Julian is by far our most experienced guest brewer to date. He got into home brewing in 1984 with a desire to discover more kinds of interesting beer. He had traveled in Europe and saw how good beer could be but found the selection in North America very limited. Home brewing offered a way to reconnect to the beers that he had enjoyed in Europe. Julian’s latest batches have all been produced at the 4th Floor Brewing Company, also known as, his condo.

Julian’s best home brews? “I made some Belgian Dubbels that were pretty tasty. I won some ribbons in competition with that recipe. I also enjoy my IPA recipe (the same one I made at Moody) and my Belgian Pale ale. I made a Hefeweizen with fresh raspberries a few times that was very popular with friends and family.”

Julian’s worst home brews? “You don’t brew for as long as I have without making a few mistakes. I attempted a Pilsner many years ago that got infected with a lactobacillus bacteria and tasted like beer and sour milk. There have been a few other process upsets that spoiled the batch, luckily not too many.”

This edition of the Guest Tap features an IPA that Julian has playfully named the Belle’s Big Hearted Ale. It is an homage to one of Julian’s favorite IPAs. The Bells Brewing Company in Kalamazoo, Michigan makes a beer called Two Hearted Ale, apparently named for a trout stream where Ernest Hemingway used to fish. Two Hearted Ale is a big bold IPA with a pronounced citrus character that comes from liberal use of Centennial hops. “But lest you think the beer is all hop forward,” say Julian, “there is a strong backbone of barley holding it up with some Vienna, Victory and caramel malts. I lived in the US Midwest for 9 years and faithfully enjoyed Two Hearted at my favourite watering holes while working to perfect my recipe. I hope this beer is a passable representation of Two Hearted.”

We’ll be launching the Belle’s Big Hearted Ale on Friday, September 11th. As with all the guest taps, there are only 100L of this brew, so get in and get it while it lasts!

– Dan

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!

GUEST TAP #6 – Watermelon “Redwheat” IPA

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 sixth Guest Tap, we will be pouring a watermelon wheat IPA brewed by home brewers Vince and Julio and our head brewer Dan.

Vince and Julio are local home brewers and long-time craft beer lovers. They’ve been brewing seriously for about 3 years with all grain and dabbled with a few beer kits before that. “We wanted to replicate what was being done in craft breweries at home and also try and make unique beers that we dream up.”

Best home brew to date? A “black evil midnight” Hefeweizen. Be sure to ask them about the story behind that one if you see them in the lounge. Worst brew? A chocolate coconut porter that they’ve since tweaked after learning a lot from the first one!

What was the inspiration for this guest brew? “We love this beer, it’s a summer beer with a hoppy kick. It’s what we like to have on the patio after a brew day in the summer heat. The inspiration was the love of wheat IPAs and the love of watermelon on a hot summer day!”

The beer itself has quite a bit of hops for a wheat IPA. It’s also a little unique as it uses a substantial amount of caramel/crystal wheat which gives it more body and colour than a typical wheat IPA. “We really had to test a lot to get the watermelon to come through enough to taste it. Dry hopping it at the end gives it a nice floral essence that works perfect with the watermelon.”

For this 62 IBU, 6.5% ABV recipe, the guys started with an early addition of Bravo and followed up with Citra and Centennial as finishing hops. They also included a healthy dose of dry hopping with Cascade hops. The unique combination caramel wheat malt, hop character, and essence of watermelon make this beer a must-try!

We’ll be launching the Watermelon “Redwheat” IPA on Friday, August 7th. There are only 100L of this brew, so don’t wait too long! Vince and Julio will be around the lounge to enjoy their brew with others and chat about beer!

– Dan

Guest Tap #3 – Mario and Michael’s Foreign Export Stout

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 third Guest Tap, we will be pouring a Foreign Export Stout brewed at Moody Ales by Michael and Mario. Michael and Mario recently entered the Tricities Brew Club’s Stout and Porter competition and placed first.  Their prize was to brew their winning recipe with Dan at Moody Ales on our pilot system.

Mario has been brewing at home since early 2014.  After convincing his wife that making their own beer would save them money (my wife fell for this one also), they picked up a starter kit from the local homebrew shop and got hooked.

Michael started brewing after realizing that brewing beer was at the intersection of his love for craft beer, gardening and cooking and has been brewing at home for about 4 years.  He even grows his own hops in his garden.

Here is what they had to say about their inspiration for the beer.

 Our 1880 Stout is based on a historical grain bill dug up from a 1960’s book which quoted an old Guinness brewer’s log by Ronald Pattinson of the ‘Shut Up About Barclay Perkins‘ blog. His final recipe, which he’s published in a guide to vintage beer, turned out fairly different from ours, aside from the grain bill. His is a lot hoppier, where as I prefer to let the malt shine.

Prior to 1880, it was illegal to brew beer with unmalted barley in the UK, as that was where the inevitable tax was levied. This meant that roasted barley, which is used in modern Guinness, could not be used.

It is a simple recipe, which I find makes the best beers. A base of British pale malt, a scoop of Amber malt, with it’s rich chocolate and coffee flavours, and a dash of Black Patent for colour and roastiness.

Worst beers they have made? Their worst beer was made together, it was a stout and involved reducing part of the wort down by half to increase caramelization, cocoa nibs and cold brewed coffee.  It ended up too acidic and bitter.  Michael says “it tasted of sadness.”

Mario mashing out.

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Two pounds of backyard hops for Michael’s favourite IPA

We’ll be launching Michael and Mario’s Foreign Export Stout on Friday March 13th.  There are only 100L of this brew, so get in and try this tasty stout while it lasts!  Michael and Mario will be around Friday night if you’d like to meet the brewers or ask any questions.

– Adam

Guest Tap Two – Roxy’s Turn On The Red Light Honey Red 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!

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!

 

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Roxanne bottling a batch of her homebrew, we love the use of the cutting board as a bottling platform!

 

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!

– Adam

Guest Tap Launch with Lemon Matcha Saison

Soon we will be launching our Guest Tap at Moody Ales. The Guest Tap will feature 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 first Guest Tap, we will be pouring a Matcha (Green Tea) Saison brewed at Moody Ales by local homebrewer Steve Sheldon. Steve is a member of the Tri-Cities Brew Club with Moody Ales founders Dan and Adam, which is where Dan and Adam first tried this beer and asked Steve to come brew it.

Steve has been homebrewing for three years and has brewed over thirty batches. He has brewed a variety of styles, his favourite being a Cascadian Dark Ale. For the Matcha Saison he was inspired by the earthy bitterness of the tea and thought it would pair well with a saison. According to Steve, “I figured a good dry saison would be good, as the funkiness of it would add to the earthy flavour of the tea.”

Steve’s first few attempts at pairing matcha with beer did not go smoothly (which is half the fun of homebrewing): “I did some initial experiments by adding matcha to Four Winds Saison bottles and after a rather humourous Tri-Cities Brew club meeting where I opened the beer with the powder in it, we all learned about nucleation in carbonated drinks (think Coke + Mentos).” Ultimately, Steve made a vodka matcha infusion to impart the tea flavour to his homebrew and for his Moody Ales brew, a simple hot water tea.

This traditional Belgian Saison is crisp with a moderately high level of carbonation, and finished dry giving it a wine-like mouthfeel, a little bit of funkiness in the aroma. Slightly spicy at first giving way to some hop bitterness before the earthiness of the matcha green tea, which leaves a slight lingering bitterness. Refreshing and unique.

We’ll be launching Steve’s Lemon Matcha Saison on Friday February 6th.  There is only 100L of this batch, so get in and try this awesome beer while you can!  I’m having a glass while I write this and it’s fantastic, nice job Steve – we may need to make a larger batch of this. Steve will be at the brewery to chat beer in the evening.

– Adam