When we brew beer, sometimes it’s better to get by with a little help from our friends. And for two great brew sessions, we concocted two distinct recipes with our friends from New Albanian Brewing Company. Each brewery would host the other as we brewed two distinct beers in a style from the same yeast strain.
The first round of collaboration brewing came on very snowy days in January down at the New Albanian Public House/Pizzeria brewery. Over two days of brewing we joined forces to create a Strong Scotch Ale called Feastiality on their four-barrel brew house. Its name is derived from the famous BBQ/craft beer/bourbon restaurant, Feast, located just a few short blocks away from the New Albanian Bank St. brewhouse where we came up with the ideas for our collaboration.
The Scotch Ale is big and bold, hovering in the 9% ABV range. Feastiality is still maturing, and will be available as both a beer by itself and as an Angels Envy bourbon barrel aged version. Look for both to be available come March and festival season.
The second round was brewed back at BBC’s 10th Street brew house in Bloomington. New Albanian brought up some of the harvested Scotch Ale yeast, and we created a much lighter Scottish Ale called a 60 Shilling. A very sessionable style, this beer will finish at around 3.5% ABV yet packed with flavor. We brewed a 10 barrel batch of the 60 Shilling style beer; look for this unnamed brew on our tap list within the next few weeks.
We can’t thank all the guys at New Albanian enough for their time, energy and hospitality while we were down there brewing. To David, Josh, Peter, Ben and all the crew down at NABC, a hearty cheers to local craft beer. We look forward to raising a glass with you soon.