26 January 2010

Troegs Scratch # 26 – Dumped !

TroegsScratch It sounds like Scratch # 26 didn’t come out quite the way it was planned and instead of becoming a regular Scratch beer, much of it was dumped and the barrel-aged portion will become a super-rare low volume brew house beer some time in the future.

From John:

So the point of our Scratch Beer series is to experiment with new styles, techniques, and ingredients, throw some stuff against the wall and see what sticks. Sometimes the beers turn out just like we hoped, like Scratch #4, which became Flying Mouflan (don’t worry, it will be seen again, sometime after we brew a whole lot more Nugget Nectar this year…). And sometimes, as in the case of Scratch #26, it doesn’t quite come out the way we wanted.

As we detailed in an earlier post, we wanted to brew a very caramelized Wee Heavy through an ultra-long wort reduction and kettle boil. Unfortunately, the beer didn’t have the caramel character we wanted, and so we have decided to dump the non barrel-aged portion of the beer. Trust me, even though the brewing team tasted the beer and decided it wasn’t quite up to snuff, it still hurts to dump a pretty good, and quite warming, beer. I feel bad for the billions of yeast cells whose work is now for naught.

On the bright side, we will do something with the barrel-aged beer, which got the thumbs-up from the crew. The wood character is nice, and it is becoming nicely rounded. Tentatively we’ve decided on racking the couple of barrels we have of it and kegging it off for our tasting room. We’ll let you know more about the super-duper-exclusive Scratch #26 as it develops. Till next time.

21 January 2010

Troegs Nugget Nectar 12oz Bottles

TroegsNN Just an update for those hundred or so that have asked.  Twelve ounce Nugget Nectar bottles arrived at Ace late yesterday (1/20).  I’m awaiting some updates as to when we can actually get our grubby little hands on them, but expect to see them very soon.

UPDATE:  Krugel’s Georgetown Deli & Beer HAS 12ox Nugget nectar in stock!


08 January 2010

Troegs Nugget Nectar Firkin – The Keg Has Been Tapped

TroegsNNFirkin1 Here’s your almost live photo of the first ever Troegs Firkin Event courtesy of John as Phil H. taps the first Nugget Nectar Firkin of the year!

06 January 2010

Troegs Nugget Nectar – First Ever Firkin Event

TroegsNuggetNectarNew As rumored by me earlier ;) Troegs will be pouring a firkin of Nugget Nectar on Friday (1/9) in the tasting room starting at 2PM for as long as it lasts (or the end of the day).  They will also have Nugget Nectar draft available for growler fills and YES even 12oz bottles for sale.  Excited yet?!

04 January 2010

Nugget Nectar 2010 – It’s Time

According to John @ Troegs…The 2010 version of Nugget Nectar is now available in bombers from the brewery!  This photo is actually from John’s TweetPhoto.  Expect to see the 12oz cases finding their way in limited quantites to NEPA in about 2 or 3 weeks.