18 December 2009

Troegs…Coming Soon Scratch # 26

TroegsNewTanks Here’s a tasty little tidbit courtesy of John…

Looks like both Scratch #26 and #28 will be barrel aged and the barrels are being built (& toasted) by Keystone Coopers.  Scratch # 26 is in the tanks now and they are caramelizing some of the first runnings for a Wee Heavy.

17 December 2009

Troegs Splinter Day

Here are a few photos courtesy of Deuane (and C) from the Troegs Splinter Release Day.  As you can see the bottles (and the beer) look great.

16 December 2009

Troegs Splinter Series Release - Today

Troegs SPlinter For those not following along with mybeerbuzz on Twitter or Facebook, the Troegs SPliter Red & Gold series release started at 10AM today. Troegs is pouring Naked Elf on tap & 2008 Elf 3-liter...as of now (11AM) 1 case of Splinter Red and 3 cases of Splinter gold remaining ! It probably won;t make it until the end of the day but watch my twitter or Facebook updates for the latest. As of 11:58AM today (12/16) the Splinter Series Red & Gold beers are sold out. Stay tuned for future Splinter Beers from Troegs.

08 December 2009

Troegs Releases Two Splinter Series Beers – Dec 16

From Troegs:

An Early Christmas Present: Splinter Series Release Date Announced The first two offerings from the Splinter Series (Red and Gold) will go on sale on Wednesday, December 16, at 10 a.m. in the Troegs Tasting Room.

There is a two-bottle limit/per person for each style of beer, meaning that a single customer who wants to purchase the maximum number of bottles, can get 2 Splinter Red and 2 Splinter Gold. Bottles will be $22.95 each.
This special reserve beer lives and breathes. Captured before filtration, refermented in wood and aged in the bottle with living yeast, Splinter is an experimental series that pushes the brewing boundaries and transforms our beer in new directions.Here are some details on each beer:
Before filtering the final batch of 2008 Mad Elf we racked some beer into bourbon barrels for six weeks of tender loving care. After bottling, we aged the beer for approximately eight months. This allows the tart cherries to push to the front. Subtle vanilla, bourbon, charred wood, coconut and toasted nut endnotes emanate from Splinter Red.
The transformation of Scratch #3-2007 to Splinter Gold has been a slow rest in oak wine barrels dosed with brettanomyces. During a two-year aging period the horsey flavors of the brett combined with the Westmalle yeast used during primary fermentation to create a complex blend of flavors. Bone-dry and 12% abv, Splinter Gold is highly carbonated.
Both these bottling runs are extremely limited and will only be available at the Troegs Brewery Giftshop/Tasting Room.... See More

07 December 2009

Troegs – New Chocolate-based Beer

image This is purely based on a tweet John put out earlier today saying that they “met with Scharffen Berger Chocolate guys Saturday. They schooled us on as much as our brains could hold! COMPLEX! beer soon...”  I suspect we’ll be seeing either a Scratch or Splinter beer using Scharffen Bergen Chocolate in the future.  For anyone unfamiliar with Scharffen Bergen, they are a chocolate manufacturer who’s goal it is to source the best cacao in the world and use an artisan chocolate making process to create the finest chocolate in the world using vintage European chocolate making equipment.

OK guys…it’s been too long.  My vote is for a Troegs sweet chocolate oatmeal stout even though that sounds doubtful…probably more likely that we’ll see a barrel-aged Imperial Stout.