Dec 30, 2014
Season 1, Episode
31 - This week, head brewer at Twisted
Manzanita Ales & Spirits, Daniel Cady, joins us live in the
Twisted Manzanita Ales & Spirits, formally
known as Manzanita Brewing Company, has only been around for a few
years but they’re making some spectacular brews. This week on the
show their head brewery, Daniel Cady, joins us to share some of
their best. First on deck is an India pale lager
Hat that they brewed in conjunction
with San Diego Brewing
Company. The unique thing about this IPL is the use of an
Alt-Bier yeast, instead of standard Lager yeast. The yeast
character really shines through, and the citrusy aspect of the hops
really work well. This isn’t a grassy hop bomb, but its balance is
Twisted Manzanita Ales & Spirits
Next up is Twisted Manzanita’s delicious chocolate mint stout
named Enlightenmint. Clocking in
around 8% ABV, and finishing it’s fermentation at around 7° Plato,
this beer is like drinking chocolate ice cream. It’s really
something great. Big body and minty aroma, followed by a thick,
sweet chocolate backbone. This is definitely worth picking up if
chocolate and mint is your jam.
This is where we get into the heavy hitters, as if 8% ABV wasn’t
enough, and break out the sippers. First up is a brew from the
original Manzanita Brewing Co branding, batch 1 of
the Serenity barleywine, coming
in at just around 3 years old, and aged in whiskey barrels. The
beer is incredibly smooth and deceivingly easy to drink. The
barrels shine through just like they should, and the body is just
right. The beer is slightly oxidized, but it only enhances the
character even more.
The next beer is pretty special. It’s an “iced” version of
the Serenity barleywine, in that it
was ice distilled. Daniel gets into the logistics of how this was
done on the show. This beer was not available to the public, but
since we happen to know the brewer, we get to try it. Lucky us,
right?! In short, this beer is boozy, but still fairly well
The final beer is a sour that was blended just for the show and
it’s named after a part number in the McMaster Carr
catalogue…really, it is, and Daniel gets into why that is. Pretty
rad, indeed. Daniel talks about the sour mashing that went into
making this beer, and the many strains of brettanomyces from Europe
that he got to experiment with in order to get the final
Big, big thanks to Daniel and the folks at Twisted Manzanita for
the insight and fantastic brews. Twisted Manzanita has a big future
if they keep up the quality of the beers they’re brewing, and we
couldn’t be more stoked on what’s to come from them.
BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.
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