An easy drinking beer with just enough complexity to make it interesting. Brick Red Ale drinks like a lager, with the attitude of an ale. Nutty aroma gives way to mild sweet caramel flavor and subtle background hops, with a smooth finish.
A brown ale with a bit more bite. A few more bittering hops and a late hop addition that take the complexity to a new level. Expect a little more bitterness and a citrus finish in addition to a chocolaty, slightly roasted, medium bodied backbone.
This is a nice easy drinking wheat beer with a little grain character from the flaked wheat. Malted wheat adds a slight citrus flavor. Hopping is intentionally low to allow malts to shine and not overpower the delicate fruit character.
A golden light easy drinking beer with low hop character. A crisp, delicately balanced beer that will go well after a day mowing the lawn.
One of the hottest new hops is currently Citra. It is described as strongly tropical and lush with a host of fruit flavors. We wanted to showcase this with malts and hops that would provide a tasty blend.
Named in honor of the Wabash Trace Nature Trail, this American wheat is an easy drinking, refreshing beer. It is light-bodied, pale-colored, with just a hint of wheat aroma. Perfect for year-round refreshment, this beer has something for everyone.
This is our darkest offering, but many who proclaim to “not like dark beer” have turned a surprised eye. Sweet and full of roasted grains with hints of chocolate and coffee, resulting in a rich finish.
Our homage to the beers brewed in Mexico. These brews were inspired by, and in some cases, those originally brewed by German and Czech brewmasters. The use of Midwest corn as well as local hops really brings this beer home for us.
We made this beer with the third runnings of our Wheatwine. Having wheat in an IPA isn’t really anything new, but this beer has plenty of it. Wheat adds to the body and mouthfeel of this hoppy ale while the addition of kettle sugars gives it a lighter feel and allows the hops to shine in all their fruity & dank glory. Unfiltered and naturally showing some effect from protein, lupulin haze and a small amount of yeast.
This is our first beer using hops from nearby Loess Hills Hops farm. Chinook is generally a more pine/oil type of hop, but we find a generous amount of peach and tropical fruits in the nose with the hops from the Rose family. Munich & Wheat malts for mouthfeel and head retention as well as using Golden Promise Pale malt. Unfiltered and naturally cloudy from protein, lupulin haze and a small amount of yeast.
Roggenbier (German: Rye Beer) had nearly died out in Germany until Thurn Und Taxis Brauerei gave it a push. Enter the intrepid microbrewers of America to start a whole-hearted revival. As any beer made in Germany that is not all barley malt must use an ale yeast, the phenolic (spice) producing strain used to make weizenbier is used. Our Roggenbier was made from the third runnings of the Illuminator Doppelbock with the addition of rye & pilsner malts. Originally we intended it to be a Roggenbock, but too much of the sugar was gone into the first two runnings.
Azacca hops were used in large part. On the palate this hop is particularly spicy, with mango, pineapple and some pine-like and tangerine-esque qualities. A smaller portion of Citra hops with grapefruit, melon, lime, gooseberry, passion fruit and lychee were also used for flavor and aroma. Pineapple juice was added to the fermentor. The milk sugar in the boil and the vanilla beans added during conditioning give this beer a fruit shake like flavor.
This is a nice American Blonde Ale produced by our assistant brewer Mitch during our 1st wort challenge held in May.
We rubbed some hops at the Nebraska Hop Yards. One of the standouts was Cashmere. Intensity was readily apparent as we opened the sample, and everyone agreed the dank strawberry character was outstanding. The mash bill to include a relative of hops, hemp seeds, to showcase the aroma with malts and hops providing a tasty blend. In addition to the strawberry notes, the hops lend a bit of citrus. The hemp seeds add some nutty background character.
This is our traditional cream ale with peaches & vanilla. This style of beer was America’s answer to the straw-colored lagers that began arriving with German immigrants. We use 2 row pale and pilsner malts to refine the character of our brew. Unfiltered, clear pale from lagering; a small amount of yeast or protein haze is normal.
Part of our sour/tart project this Gose is Lemon forward. This ale was created to be thirst inspired as well as quenching.
As part of our sour/tart project we are creating beers that are thirst inspiring as well as they are quenching.
This is an old-school malt heavy doppelbock, a German strong dark lager. This style of beer was brewed by the monks in Europe to drink during the Lenten fast. Literally liquid bread, this brew alone can sustain a human for 46 days. This was put to the test several years ago by J. Wilson with the original Illuminator brewed by head brewer Eric Sorensen. Read about the fast in J’s “Diary of a part-time Monk”. Unfiltered and well lagered, dark brown in color with bready malt notes as well as a little spice from the rye malt.