Wilderness Series Release: Turk Mountain Kolsch

By Katherine Hensley

Stable Craft Brewing will continue its Wilderness Series collection with the release of the brewery’s Turk Mountain Kolsch at noon Saturday, April 14 in the brewery tasting room.

A Wilderness Series beer is released at each Flight Sessions Running Series race, which are all hosted by Stable Craft, and the Turk Mountain Kolsch is the beer release for the Turk Mountain Trot race, which will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 14. Runners who are 21 years old or older will get a sample of the beer release for their race as part of their race entry fee before the beer is released to the general public at noon.

The Flight Sessions Running Series and Wilderness Series collection both officially launched on Saturday, March 10 with the Bear Den Dash and the Bear Den Hefeweizen, respectively. Stable Craft had great success with the Bear Den Hefeweizen as the beer sold out within hours of being tapped, according to Christopher Fann, Stable Craft’s head brewer. 

A participant in the Bear Den Dash race on Saturday, March 10 raises at Flight Sessions Running Series glass in the Stable Craft Brewing tasting room.

Issac Peglow, Stable Craft’s assistant brewer, brewed Turk Mountain Kolsch on the brewery’s pilot brewing system. The idea to brew a kolsch for one of the Wilderness Series releases stemmed from one of the brewery’s Brew Your Own Experiences, Peglow said.

The Brew Your Own Experience is one of Stable Craft’s many unique offerings. Anyone can sign themselves and their friends up to create any type of beer they desire while working closely with Stable Craft’s brewers. The Brew Your Own Experience that inspired the Turk Mountain Kolsch was brewed for a wedding at Hermitage Hill Farm & Stables, Stable Craft’s sister business, and it was a dry-hopped kolsch, Peglow said.

“With the kolsch, it’s a really refreshing, easy drinking ale that you might actually want to drink after running,” Peglow explained. Turk Mountain Kolsch was also described as being a very balanced beer with low hop bitterness.

The ingredients used to brew Turk Mountain Kolsch included mostly grains, such as small amounts of oats, wheat and light malt. Acidulated malt was also used to create a light, crisp tangy flavor, Peglow said. The only hops used were Nugget hops. 

Nugget pellet hops sit on the pilot brewing system. Photo by Katherine Hensley.

Turk Mountain Kolsch altogether took three weeks to be produced, and it was a straightforward brewing process, according to Stable Craft’s assistant brewer.

Of the beers currently on tap in the brewery tasting room, Peglow said Turk Mountain Kolsch is most similar to Appalachian Divide as the two beers are both light, refreshing and easy drinking.

Check Stable Craft’s Brew Blog this time next month to learn about Mad Lick Maibock, the Wilderness Series release for the May 5 Flight Sessions race.


Pork U Collaboration Beer

Pork U’s collaboration beer is officially fermenting.

Stable Craft Brewing’s brewers, Christopher Fann and Issac Peglow, and beer bloggers, Jason Baker and Josh Hall, began brewing the Pork U collaboration beer, a chocolate vanilla milk stout, together on Saturday, Dec. 16. Pork U is a beer and bacon pairing class that will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13 as part of Porkuary, an all-day pork celebration.

Josh Hall from “Swill and Swine” has homebrewed in the past, but this was the first time brewing beer for Jason Baker from “Beer, Bacon and More.” It was Hall’s idea to brew a milk stout as he prefers that type of beer.

The collaboration beer was brewed on Stable Craft’s pilot system with the help of Fann and Peglow. The first step for Baker and Hall was to mill the barley to be used in the beer.

Hall poured the barley into the smaller mill used for the pilot system while Baker operated the drill. Using a drill is easier than hand-cranking the mill, Peglow said.

Josh Hall from “Swill and Swine” pours barley into the mill while Jason Baker from “Beer, Bacon and More” operates the drill. This is both of their first times collaborating on a beer with Stable Craft Brewing.

Jason Baker operates the drill on the small mill for the pilot brewing system.

Once the barley was milled, it was added to the mash tun. From there, the brewing process on the pilot brewing system is the same as the brewery’s larger brewing system designed for mass production.

As most familiar with brewing beer are aware, there is a lot of downtime while the brewers wait for one step to end before they can move onto the next step. Hall and Baker took this time to ask Fann and Peglow questions and learn more about brewing beer.

Baker took on the tasks of removing the spent grain from the mash tun and adding the sugar to the beer while it was in the boil kettle.

Baker cleans out the spent grain from the mash tun.

Baker adds the Nugget hops, which are pelletized, to the chocolate vanilla milk stout.

The collaboration beer will get its chocolate flavor from chocolate malt, an ingredient in the beer, Peglow explained. As for the vanilla flavor, the beer will soak in vanilla beans for a couple of days between fermentation and being transferred to the brite tank, Fann said. The Pork U collaboration beer will ferment for about a week and a half in total.

The chocolate vanilla milk stout will be one of the six beers that will be paired with a special type of bacon during Pork U.

Matt Milhit, Stable Craft Brewing’s taproom manager, will cure all of the bacon for Pork U himself. He plans to have the following types of bacon available for the class:

  1. A maple whiskey brined bacon smoked on hickory
  2. An agave syrup and tequila brined bacon smoked on mesquite
  3. A brown sugar and cinnamon dry-rubbed bacon smoked on applewood
  4. A black pepper and coffee dry-rubbed bacon smoked on hickory
  5. A chili dry-rubbed bacon smoked on cherry
  6. A dry-cured Italian bacon, or pancetta

The following Stable Craft beers will be paired with the above types of bacon:

  1. Porter
  2. Roostered Red
  3. Blue Ridge Sunryes Lager
  4. Throatlatch
  5. Britchin Brown
  6. Special Collaboration Beer – a chocolate vanilla milk stout

Sign yourself or a friend up today to experience this one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn about pairing quality craft beer with delicious bacon.
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Join Christopher Fann, Josh Hall and Jason Baker for Pork U, Stable Craft’s educational beer and bacon pairing class, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. January 13.


Pork “U” Back Room at the Taproom- Informational Beer & Bacon Pairing Class

Saturday, January 13th 2-4pm

Stable Craft Brewing will host Pork “U” an informational beer and bacon pairing class from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13 in the back room of the tap room. Pork “U” is a beer and bacon pairing class hosted by Stable Craft’s award-winning head brewer Christopher Fann and bloggers, Jason Baker from “Beer Bacon & More” and Josh Hall from “Swill & Swine”.


Fann, Baker, and Hall will each offer a particular expertise to this class as they walk participants through pairing six different Stable Craft beers with six different types of bacon. Matt Milhit, Stable Craft’s hospitality director and taproom manager came up with the idea to do a beer and bacon pairing class during the brewery’s Porkuary event as a way to give people the opportunity to not only learn more about Stable Craft beers, but to also teach participants about beer and food pairings.

Pictured: Chris Fann, Head Brewer at Stable Craft; Matt Milhit, Hospitality Director at Stable Craft; Josh Hall from Swill & Swine; Jason Baker of Beer, Bacon & More

Pictured: Chris Fann, Head Brewer at Stable Craft; Matt Milhit, Hospitality Director at Stable Craft; Josh Hall from Swill & Swine; Jason Baker of Beer, Bacon & More

Milhit is a veteran of the hospitality industry having worked for major resorts, such as the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulfur Springs, W.Va., Boars Head Inn in Charlottesville, Va. and Airlie Center in Warrenton, Va. He is skilled with food and beverage pairings and enjoys sharing his expert knowledge with others.

Milhit will cure all of the bacon for Pork “U” himself. He plans to have the following types of bacon available for the class:

  1. A maple whiskey brined bacon smoked on hickory
  2. An agave syrup and tequila brined bacon smoked on mesquite
  3. A brown sugar and cinnamon dry-rubbed bacon smoked on applewood
  4. A black pepper and coffee dry-rubbed bacon smoked on hickory
  5. A chili dry-rubbed bacon smoked on cherry
  6. A dry-cured Italian bacon, or pancetta

The following Stable Craft beers will be paired with the above types of bacon:

  1. Porter
  2. Roostered Red
  3. Blue Ridge Sunryes Lager
  4. Throatlatch
  5. Britchin Brown
  6. Special Collaboration Beer – This is a beer that is specifically being brewed for this event.

Milhit encourages craft beer enthusiasts, cicerones, fans of wine pairings, foodies, pork lovers and anyone else interested in learning more about pairing craft beer with bacon to sign up.

Tickets are $25 per person with limited availability.
Purchase tickets online through Paypal and present receipt at the door or purchase tickets directly at Stable Craft Brewing during our normal business hours – Wed-Sun.

 



Ugly Sweater Benefit: Blue Ridge Area Food Bank

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Help Us Give Back to Our Neighbors
Join Us for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank’s Ugly Sweater Benefit Party

Christmas is such a giving time of the year. We all like spread the holiday cheer – by volunteering, donating time or money, giving gifts, or just spreading holiday joy with kindness. Some people might also say that having a delicious brew in hand helps them spread this holiday cheer! However you celebrate the notion of giving back during the holiday season, we here at Stable Craft have figured out a way to wrap all of that up into one big box with a 2 week-long canned food drive and great lineup of entertaining evenings to make giving back to the local community a fun affair.

We will top off the end of the week with a celebration in the form of an Ugly Sweater Christmas Party!

  • Nov 30-Dec 14 2016: Canned Food Drive (donate canned items & SCB will match $1 for every can)
  • Wed | December 7 (6-8pm): Yoga with Sarah B (pay-what-you-will with proceeds going to the BRAFB) afterwards stay for our Steal the Glass Night and take home a commemorative SCB holiday mug.
  • Wed | December 7 (4-9pm): Steal the Glass Night – Take home a commemorative Holiday mug for every beverage purchased.
  • Thurs | December 8 (4-9pm): Locally infamous Alex Arbaugh playing from 6-9 pm. Jam out to your favorite tunes. Enjoy our small batch beer release that the BRAFB employees helped brew! For every pint sold of that small batch beer, we will again, donate $1 to BRAFB.
  • Fri | December 9 (4-10pm): Ugly Sweater Christmas Benefit. Orme Storm will be here jamming out and you could win a prize for having the UGLIEST CHRISTMAS SWEATER in the Tasting Room (start planning that ugly sweater now)! There will door prizes and Stable Craft Beers will be flowing. Our Go Green Go Local food menu is designed to keep you happy with lots of farm fresh selections. Don’t miss this fun-filled evening all the while giving back to area families.
  • The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank provides food to families across 8 cities and 25 counties, supplying 210 food pantries and 114,000 residents in our local community. Support local. Help our community. Come out. Have fun. Feel good about volunteering YOUR evening December 9th to help support such a great cause.

    Support local. Help our community. Come out. Have fun. Feel good about volunteering YOUR evening, December 9th, to help support such a great cause. We look forward to seeing you here!