Despite the fact that I always think using exclamation points is really really corny... THANK YOU! Thank you for supporting our Brewery and by extension all of the fine folks and families of those fine folk. Also, THANK YOU! Thank you for supporting local bars and restaurants - You do a credit to your city when you choose to spend your money here. This, despite the fact that there is a guy who looks a lot like me that has been spotted numerous times at Target.
Sooo...Whats next? Well, I think there are some "Americana" ideas I'd like to try out - We're dreaming up an Amber beer and I'm also interested in a "Common". We always have access to the American Yeast strain we'd need for our interpretation of Amber, so that may come to fruition faster than the "Common", which would neccessitate bringing a new type of yeast into the brewery. In the meantime we've brewed a larger batch of Rye Pale which has been missing for a bit and the larger batch will allow us to send some brew to our Second and Newest Distributor in Illinois - Koerner. Sup Illinois?
Back to Amber and "Common". Firstly, Amber is style 10B. Its darker than Pale Ale, usually more rounded and smooth, with varying hop rates but normally subdued. Some breweries call them "Red Ales". If you went to a brewpub from 1982-1996 then you had an Amber beer. I'm excited about it because there are a couple of new malts I want to try and I think its going to make a great food beer. "Common" is a bit harder to define according to the internet. Common is well defined by the flagship producer Anchor with its Anchor Steam Beer. Steam beer is 'Common'. It is essentially beer fermented with lager yeast at ale temperatures and exhibits a clear grainy malt character and maybe some light fruitiness. The part about "Common" that gets confusing is that Commons debut album was Can I borrow a Dollar? and then went on to direct Terminator Salvation. This is why I love the internet. TS wasn't critically acclaimed but I say, Man! What do you want from a Beer?
Dylan Mosley is the Civil Life’s Brewer. He is also responsible for changing out the pirate flag every 8 months. His annual compensation package here is directly related to the amount of time his beard is a minimum of two inches long.