Time is bullshit. A clock is built with no more truth than an NFL first down measurement. A mere construct accounting for the moments we exist in this energy flow. From now to now — that’s a thing. And from Nnnnoow to Nnnnnnnnow. That’s another thing. Write that down. Then build a thingy to count ’em. Counting will make it matter. This isn’t to say the construction of time is useless. Time is important for all sorts of things, like measuring the length of a boil to get a beer recipe just right. And for breaking up infinity into digestible chunks, like weeks, so we can more easily document how many beers are made over a certain duration. And some other stuff too, I’m sure.
So yes, time isn’t real, but it helps us make beer, and beer is truth. Here are your five beers to know during the previous seven culturally agreed upon “days.” Please be sure tell us about your new beers for the following duration at [email protected].
Champion Brewing brews beer with machine learning
However you calculate existence, it may be running out for us humans. Charlottesville-based Champion Brewing Co., a 30-bbl production facility recently expanded to 15,000 bbls, has collaborated with Metis Machine to develop the first-ever beer brewed using data science and machine learning. The beer, dubbed ML IPA (for Machine Learning), will debut at the TomTom Founders’ Festival block parties April 13-16.
“We provided the parameters on which IPAs are judged at the Great American Beer Festival (SRM, ABV, IBU) and matched that range with the 10-best-selling IPAs nationally, as well as the 10 worst selling IPAs at a local retailer and Metis came up with the results,” said Hunter Smith, owner of Champion Brewing. “We are stoked to be the first to use this method of creating a beer recipe.”
“Our goal was to demonstrate that artificial intelligence, while perceived to be quite daunting, can lend itself to many practical domains, including craft brewing,” said Tyler Hutcherson, data science engineer at Metis Machine. “However, there’s no way an algorithm will ever be able to replace the hard work and creativity required to make a quality beer. We’re thankful for Champion and their partnership. Without their resourcefulness, our model would have just produced a bunch of pointless numbers. Artificial intelligence at its best combines statistical learning with domain expertise to produce something actionable.”
The results of the endeavor are an IPA with 6 percetn alcohol by volume (ABV), 60 IBU, a measurement on the international bitterness scale, and 6 SRM, or standard reference method which is a color system used to indicate the color of the malt and finished beer.
Oskar Blues brings back Japanese inspired IPA
Summer is right around the corner, and it’s about to get a whole lot Fugli-er. Oskar Blues Brewery is bringing back its FUGLI Yuzu & Ugli Fruit IPA nationwide. This citrusy, fresh and aromatic IPA clocks in at 5.8 percent ABV and 60 IBUs, making it fuggin’ crushable for wherever summer takes ya.
“FUGLI was originally inspired by a collaboration with Japan’s Yo-Ho Brewing Co.,” said Tim Matthews, head of brewing operations at Oskar Blues. “It features citrusy, floral mosaic hops and a trifecta of cross-continental citrus fruits including Yuzu from Japan, Jamaican Ugli and Rangpur, which is grown in Bangladesh. While none of these fruits are easy on the eyes, they definitely bring the flavor.”
Yuzu is an exotic, tangy yet rough-looking lemon from Japan. Living up to its name, the Ugli Fruit is a Jamaican form of tangelo, a cross between grapefruit, orange and tangerine. Rangpur is a lemon and mandarin orange hybrid with a strong lemon-lime flavor. It’s foremost an IPA, with the complexity of the mosaic hops really coming through. Combined with the fruit infusion and a simple malt bill, this beer is balanced and drinkable.
Local artist designs label for latest Schlafly Beer
Schlafly Beer announced this year’s Artist Series beer, the annual, limited-release brew with label design from a local St. Louis artist in advance of the Art Outside Festival at Schlafly Bottleworks over Memorial Day weekend. This year, Schlafly brewed a Gruit, a beer brewed without hops with a tart flavor and lower ABV (5 percent). Local St. Louis musicians and printmakers Paige Brubeck and Evan Sult of Sleepy Kitty Arts designed the label for the beer’s 750-ml bottle design.
The label reflects the bright taste of the beer, incorporating botanical elements and bright colors. Sleepy Kitty Arts will be one of 65 selected artists from a 120-mile radius to showcase their work at Art Outside, which takes place on May 25-27.
“Drawing nearly 20,000 visitors each year, Art Outside is dedicated to showcasing local art in an approachable venue and manner,” Brand Manager Wil Rogers explained. “Art Outside is not an ordinary fair, but one that features quality and affordable art, music and plenty of tasty food and drink from Schlafly Beer. The festival’s mission is to increase public knowledge and appreciation for the local art scene by creating opportunities that connect artists, musicians and the community.”
Epic Brewing brews baddest Baptist yet
The best of the best of the best … of the Big Bad Baptist. That’s what Epic Brewing Cofounder Dave Cole had in mind when he and his team came up with the idea for Big Bad Baptist Reserve. Cole and his team took the brewery’s most legendary beer and carefully hand selected a limited number of the most perfect barrels, some rum and some whiskey, from the different batches and projects of the 2017/2018 “Baptist Season” and carefully blended what they thought was something special, a Big Bad “Grand Cru” of epic proportions. Then they dressed it in all-black with a label as elegant as the beer in the bottle.
“There is no beer that is more Epic than Big Bad Baptist,” said Cole. “Over the years we have explored different ways to experiment with the flavors and qualities of the beer through the use of different coffees, adjuncts and barrels like with this year’s coconut-driven Triple Barrel Big Bad Baptist. For the Big Bad Baptist Reserve, we wanted to explore something more subtle, more refined. By using barrels from all the projects and giving the beer a little extra time to mature, we found the perfect blend that’s balanced, silky and mind-blowingly good.”
The Reserve has only the choicest barrels of this year’s original version of Big Bad Baptist, plus beer from the best barrels from both the Baptista and Triple Barrel Baptist projects. That means it has the faintest touch of barrel-aged coconut, which is basically undetectable beyond making the beer a touch more rich, rum and, of course, copious amounts of artisanal coffee and cacao nibs. It does not, however, have any of the spices found in Baptista. It weighs in at 11.7 percent ABV and “hides every bit of it” according to Epic National Sales Manager Darin McGregor.
Just over 600 cases of this extremely limited release were made and Big Bad Baptist Reserve will be released to select markets throughout the United States starting in mid April.
Cascade and Upland collaborate on awesomely named Pearpawsterous
Portland’s Cascade Brewing released Pearpawsterous this week, a collaboration project with Upland Brewing in Indiana. Pearpawsterous is a limited offering, available in 750-ml bottles and on draft at both its Portland-area pubs and through select Cascade distributors.
Pearpawsterous features regional ingredients sourced from each brewery’s home state — Oregon-grown pears and Indiana-grown paw paws — layered over a base of sour wheat ales aged for up to 12 months in oak barrels. Paw paw fruit has a sweet, custard-like flavor somewhat similar to banana, mango and cantaloupe. The beer comes in at 7.1 percent ABV. Both breweries developed their own version of the same recipe.
Pearpawsterous is a Tier One offering; Cascade’s bottles have distinct label styles for each of the three Cascade Brewing pricing tiers, with each label within the tier utilizing distinctive colors to clearly differentiate each beer. The tiers differ by the style of beer used in the product, the type ingredients contained within, the time aged in the barrels and types of barrels used.