Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Finally: A Beer Named After Me

On tap now at Grizzly Peak are two beers named after people, and one of the people is me. Drop what you're doing and head over there now to check out Uncle Dave's Old-Time Rye Peppercorn Pale Ale, a 5.8% ABV concoction brewed with flaked rye malt, Cascade hops, and a touch of freshly ground black peppercorns.

The origins of this particular beer begin in Canuckistan, where my homebrewer brother went one year for a beer party at his friend Larry's place. There were many homebrews on tap, but after sampling all of them, my bro kept going back to this Rye Peppercorn Ale Larry had made. Naturally enough, as homebrewers do when they really like a beer, he asked Larry for the recipe. He adjusted it to his liking and has been brewing it regularly for years. The beer acquired my name because every time it's on tap at his house, it's the only thing I'll drink. It would probably be my proverbial desert island beer, at least if it pairs well with seaweed (I haven't tested that).

This first commercial batch is not as peppery as the homebrew version, but it's still good and not just because it's named after me. So give it a try before I drink it all and see what you think.

My big brewing bro Mike adding the peppercorn.

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