Wed Apr 18


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.