So...finally have these things going...hopefully I'm using them correctly
January 19, 2014
So what do you do on a day that has the potential to be the worst one you will ever experience? Why go to a brewery that plays obscure metal and has awesome beer of course! I have already posted the brewery of the week, however I will probably have a great many posts relating to the place in which I found solace last night so I think we can let this one be an exception (thanks for making an exception self….no problem buddy).
Trve Brewing Co. has become my happy place for many reasons. The most prominent of which is that they have really come along way with their beer, both in the number of offerings they have and the quality of the beer overall. It has been interesting to see them grow from a small startup brewery that regularly ran out of beer and was still honing their craft into an established local fixture that continues to put out brews that are unique and consistently good.
Esthetically this is a place that people will either love or hate, there is no in between. Obviously I fall squarely in the former category; I thoroughly enjoy everything from the giant black and white prints of abandoned houses to the shrine above the taps that is the most metal thing I’ve ever seen. For me this is a place that feels nostalgic, taking me back to my angst-y metal days from high school (without the acne and inability to form coherent sentences in the presence of hot girls, thanks for that puberty). Whenever I walk through the door into the long narrow space of Trve I immediately feel at ease, something that is a rare luxury of late.
Ending my evening of deliberate distraction here with a few close friends gave me a chance to think more about which of the brewing projects I’ve been putting off I want to tackle first. A pint of Tunnel of Trees sparked questions about my own IPA recipe and how it can be improved. Should I do a 90 minute boil? Should I change my aroma hops to something I haven’t used before? That one will require a little more thought. I moved on to a few pints of Hellion which is easily one of my favorites at Trve thus far. This got me thinking about making something with a different grain as the centerpiece.
Hellion has a very distinct taste from the oats with which it is brewed that is addicting and reminiscent of allot of session ales I’ve had made with rye. Rye! That’s the starting point for my next brew. And it’s not going to be any old rye at that. No my return to brewing at home needs to be a triumphant bitch slap to my current situation, something that no one I know has tried before. And that’s why next week I will be making a Roggenbier. This is a beer style that almost disappeared after the implementation of Reinheitsgebot (The German Purity Law – I will probably do a super boring history lesson on this at some point) so I find it quite appropriate to resurrect it.
This was a perfect motivation to have on a night I had anticipated would break me mentally and emotionally. It may well yet after I get home but until then I plan on doing research planning my grain bill and beginning preperations to make something truly amazing next week.
What I was drinking during this post: Espresso Oak Aged Yeti by Great Divide