Thanks for stopping by to find out more about our beers!
In the holiday 2011 6 pack we had 3 different ales, our Blue Screen Apricot Blonde, Upgrade Pale Ale, and CTRL ALT DEL Pumpkin Porter.
As you know, all of these beers were home brewed in late November and bottled in December. That is the reason for the layer of yeast at the bottom of each bottle, which we do not recommend pouring into the glass you will use to enjoy the beer as it will add a bitter characteristic to the drink. Some yeast is tasty and professional breweries will intentionally leave the yeast in the bottle, but that is not the case with these 6 packs.
The Blue Screen Apricot Blonde might taste familiar if you have ever enjoyed the Apricot Blonde that Dry Dock Brewing Company makes out of Aurora. That is because the recipe we used was posted on their website so home brewers can clone this delicious, light and refreshing ale.
The Upgrade Pale Ale uses cascade hops to give this beer a nice hop aroma without a ton of bitterness.
The CTRL ALT DEL Pumpkin Porter is a modified recipe that can be found in Sam Caligone’s home brew book entitled “Extreme Brewing”. It is a smooth, dark, and spicy ale that uses cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg to give it a nice “holiday flavor”.
These beers would not be in your hands if it weren’t for the help of Brandon Hamilton at Rocky Mountain Tech Team, so if you enjoyed the beverages shoot him an email and let him know. Maybe we can put some more in your hands if you are nice enough (and especially if you rinse out and save your bottles!)
When Brandon approached me in November about brewing up holiday 6 packs for our Rocky Mountain Tech Team clients I instantly started planning what types of beer and how much of each style would need to be brewed to meet the request.
We brewed in mid November so that we could let the beer ferment for 2 weeks before bottling and allowing the beer to carbonate in the bottle for another week and a half. As of tonight, the beer has been labelled and packaged and is ready to go – we hope you enjoy drinking it as much as we enjoyed making it! Below is a gallery of the pictures we took along each step of the process. For more information on the brews themselves click here
Many thanks to Alicia, Matt, Tammy, Carolyn, Travis, Mary Beth, Eric, Amanda and Darick for all of the help on everything from recipes to extra equipment (and bottles!) to extra hands on deck to help brew the 33 gallons of beer this project required. Last but not least, many thanks to Brandon for making this all possible.
Let us know what you think of the brews and all of us at RMTT hope you enjoy the holiday season!