Wilderness Series Release: Mad Lick Maibock

By Katherine Hensley

Mad Lick Maibock, a German-style lager, will be available on tap starting at noon Saturday, May 5 in the brewery tasting room and is the third release in the brewery’s Wilderness Series.

Mad Lick Maibock is not only a Wilderness Series beer, but is also part of Stable Craft’s Kentucky Derby Birthday Bash. The bash begins on Saturday, May 5 at noon, and Mad Lick Maibock is one of seven beers that will be released in celebration of both Stable Craft’s two-year anniversary and the 144th Kentucky Derby.

Stable Craft Brewing’s Kentucky Derby Birthday Bash will begin at noon Saturday, May 5.

Issac Peglow, Stable Craft’s assistant brewer, brewed Mad Lick Maibock on the brewery’s pilot brewing system. Christopher Fann, Stable Craft’s head brewer, decided to brew a maibock for the Wilderness Series, Peglow said.

The brewing process for Mad Lick Maibock included a few unusual or out-of-the-ordinary aspects, such as the hops, boil time and overall production time.

The hops used to brew Mad Lick Maibock included both Hallertauer Hersbucker hops and Nugget hops. Hollertauer hops are noble hops, which refers to four varieties of European hops.

American hops possess citrus and fruit flavors while European hops possess herbal and floral flavors, Peglow explained of the differences.

The hops in Mad Lick Maibock are enough to balance the beer out, so it’s not too sweet, Peglow said. Other ingredients used in the maibock include pilsner malt, Munich malt and aromatic malt. The aromatic malt is roasted and brings an amber hue to the beer.

Pilsner malt

The boil time for Mad Lick Maibock was 90 minutes, which is half an hour longer than the typical boil time. The extra time helps precipitate the proteins in the grains, or helps the proteins in the grains form a solid.

Ales, typically, take three weeks to produce from start to finish, however, lagers take longer. Mad Lick Maibock is expected to take between four to five weeks to produce from start to finish, Peglow explained. Fermentation is expected to take four weeks and then the beer is expected to take another week to, “lager out.”

“Lager out,” as Peglow called it, is when the beer matures in cold storage after undergoing cool fermentation. Slow, cool fermentation and cold storage are hallmarks of the brewing process for a lager.

Of the beers currently on tap in the brewery tasting room, Peglow said Mad Lick Maibock is most similar to Britchin Brown. “I think people who like Britchin will like this,” he said.

Mad Lick Maibock is also similar to the German-style dunkel and German-style marzen/oktoberfest. Mad Lick Maibock is expected to be 6.9% ABV and 28.5 IBUs.

Continue checking the Stable Craft Brew Blog for more information about upcoming beer releases.


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.


Stable Craft Brewing Hires Consultant for Brewery Expansion

By Katherine Hensley

Stable Craft Brewing is now working with esteemed brewing consultant Peter Boettcher who will help with the brewery’s rapid expansion.

Boettcher has owned and operated his own brewing consultant agency for five years, but his experience in the brewing industry expands over 30 years. He got his start in the industry when he became a journeyman brewer and maltster through the chamber of commerce in his native Germany.

Peter Boettcher will help Stable Craft Brewing with the brewery’s rapid expansion. Photo Credit: Megan Harris/Eastfield College

From there, Boettcher attended the Technical University of Weihenstephan and Doemens World Brewing Academy where he earned a certification in brewing science and a degree in brewing science, respectively. Boettcher relocated to the United States and started his professional career at the Pennsylvania Brewing Company in Pittsburgh, Pa.

He was responsible for the creation of award-winning recipes at the Pennsylvania Brewing Company, as well as the production and quality control of bottom and top fermenting beers, supervision of staff and purchasing of raw materials. Boettcher significantly increased brew house efficiency and reduced the cost of operation throughout the company.

Boettcher has also worked for the Baltimore Brewing Company in Maryland, Abita Brewing Company in Louisiana, Pall Corporation in New York, Pacific Western Brewing Company in Canada and, most recently, the MillerCoors Brewing Company out of the its Fort Worth, Texas location.

Over the years, Boettcher has been responsible for a variety of tasks related to brewing, including consistent involvement in quality control, production and business planning, at the range of locations he has worked.

He has also been a Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal Winner four times, a Great American Beer Festival Silver Medal Winner once and a Great American Beer Festival Bronze Medal Winner twice. The medals were received in different categories, but most often in the German-style lager category.

Three of the four new 20-barrel fermentation vessels.

Boettcher currently lives and works in Fort Worth, Texas where he not only operates his brewing consultant agency, but also instructs students at Eastfield Community College in Dallas. He aided in the development of the brewery program at the college, which boasts a 98 percent job placement rate.

Within his consulting services, Boettcher provides technological and technical expertise for process and quality improvements throughout the production process. He works with large brewing companies, craft breweries, malting plants and cider companies.

Highlights of his consulting career include project management for Anheuser-Busch InBev in Russia where he took on the task of helping the company to modernize and expand its production facility and consulting for the European Union funded SARD III project in Turkmenistan. He has also had clients as far away as South America and Australia.

Boettcher is passionate about his work with both large and small breweries and enjoys passing on his expansive knowledge of the industry for the improvement of operations. Boettcher will assist Stable Craft Brewing with charting the brewery’s continued growth.


DUDE WHERE’S OUR VAN! Selfie Photo Contest

Stable Craft Brewing Van

Spring has sprung and the first Stable Craft Brewing photo contest has just begun!!!!

“Whoever said craft beer can’t buy happiness, simply didn’t know where to drink! Stable Craft Brewing and Blue Ridge Beverage are out on the open road working hard to bring our Farm Fresh Beers to your home and local bar! Have you seen us? Prove it! We are excited to introduce our first ‘Dude Where’s our Van’ Photo Contest. Enter now to win 1 of 10 fun prize packages, worth more than $50 each!
Stable Craft Brewing has just finished wrapping Blue Ridge Beverages third distribution van with our fun logo and slogans! Next time you see our van take a picture and share!

To enter Stable Craft Brewing ‘Dude Where’s our Van’ photo contest please complete the following steps:

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The follower with the best photo, most likes and shares in a week wins!
We will select the winner of best picture with most likes every Thursday via Facebook & Instagram starting April 5, 2017 – June 1, 2017.

Please don’t drive and photo! Winners must pick up prizes within two weeks of announcement on Wednesday & Thursdays only! A new winner will be chosen each week! No purchase necessary to play, you gotta play to win!
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Stable Craft Brewing completely releases Instagram by each entrant and participant. Stable Craft Brewing understands that this promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram. Stable Craft Brewing understands by using Instagram & Facebook to administer the ‘Dude Where’s our Van promotion we do so at our own risk. ***