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’s Kentucky Derby Birthday Bash

Consider this your official invitation!

Stable Craft is turning “2” on Saturday, May 5th and you are cordially invited to our Kentucky Derby Birthday Bash. We’ll have 7 beer releases throughout the day, 1 Bottle Release and a whole lotta fun planned!
Mark your calendars and get your hats, this day is going to be an epic celebration.

Stable Craft Brewing's Kentucky Derby Birthday Bash on Saturday, May 5th 2018


12pm Liola 120 Bottles 12.2% ABV
Barrel-Aged refermented Imperial IPA

Mad Lick Maibock 6.5% ABV
Wilderness Series Maibock

J.K.M.B.R.E.M.I.X 5.3% ABV
Dry hopped Kolsch-with Galaxy & Mosaic

2pm Milkshake IPA 6.8% ABV
Raspberry Mango Ipa with lactose

4pm Helles Bells 5% ABV
Helles Lager

6pm Talk Derby To Me 7.8% ABV
our take on a Mint Julep Golden Ale aged on oak chips and mint

8pm Blonde Jovi 6.8% ABV
Blonde Stout


1-3pm 2-Legged Pony Race
3-6pm Pints & Ponies
6:30pm Running of the Kentucky Derby
6:45pm Derby Hat Contest


12pm Doors Open
12pm Bottle Release (only 120 BTLS)
Liola Imperial IPA [draft]
Mad LIck Maibock [draft]
J.K.M.B.R.E.M.I.X [Draft]

1pm Hops & Brewery Tours

1-3pm 2-Legged Pony Race

2pm Milkshake IPA [Draft]

3pm Hops & Brewery Tour
3-6pm Pints & Ponies

4pm Helles Belles [Draft]

6pm Talk Derby to Me [Draft]

6:30pm Kentucky Derby Race

6:45pm Derby Day Hat Contest
1) Best in Show
2) Most Creative
3) Biggest Hat

8pm Blonde Jovi [Draft]
8pm S’mores at Sunset

10pm Closing Time

Dinner with the Omni Homestead’s Executive Chef

Stable Craft Brewing is pleased to welcome the Omni Homestead Resort’s
Executive Chef Severin Nunn for our first Chef Series Beer Dinner.

Join us at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22 for an exquisitely prepared culinary experience designed to celebrate the flavors of spring and Stable Craft’s farm fresh beer.

Chef Severin Nunn’s Beer Pairing Menu:
~ Iceberg Wedge Salad – Torn Croutons, Red Onion, Olives, Radishes and Blue Cheese dressing
Paired with Madridiculous IPA

~ 16-Hour Smoked Brisket
Paired with Roostered Red Smoke Ale and Throatlatch Imperial Farm IPA
~ Roasted Ice-Top Carrots with Goat Cheese
~ Braised Collard Greens with House-Smoked Bacon
~ Creamy Goat Milk Grits

~ Local butters & cornbread

~ Homestead’s Doughnut Bread Pudding with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Paired with Britchin Brown Ale and Nightlatch American Stout

Tickets are $55/person
Purchase tickets securely online through Paypal.com

Read more about Executive Chef Severin Nunn’s Culinary Career

Severin Nunn is the executive chef of the Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Va. In this role, Nunn leads and directs all kitchen operations and menu creation for the resort’s seven restaurants and bars, including the historic Main Dining Room, Jefferson’s Restaurant, Casino Restaurant, Rubino’s at the Cascades and more.

Read more about Executive Chef Severin Nunn’s Culinary career

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