Franklin's Brewery

Monday, May 31, 2010

Smoked Porter

Our latest offering is one of my favorite styles of beer that I feel never gets enough love. Smoked Porters are sort of a niche beer in the way that people tend to love or hate them.The ones that love them tend to describe them at times as drinking a barbecue pit, the ones that hate them describe them the same way. I side with the former as I'm a fan of smoked food whether it be meats,fish or cheese. This is a great beer to enjoy with such treats as it will not get buried in flavor like some lighter ales and lagers might.
This version utilizes an English-style robust porter recipe consisting of mainly Maris Otter barley malt,Chocolate malt, Black Patent malt and caramel malts.The smoked malt however is derived from a German maltster who smokes their barley over Beechwood fires producing and extremely pleasant smokiness without much acrid character.Its hopped with English East Kent Goldings and fermented with an English ale yeast which leaves some subtle fruit esters and residual sweetness to help balance the smoke and roasted malts.At 5.5 % ABV its very session-able yet is a very full bodied beer.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Bees do it

No, not that, they make honey, glorious,glorious honey.

Deep down inside all of us lurks a character that you would not simply match with what you know about someone's background. For me its that despite being from Northern New England a large part of my heart and soul is actually that of a Southern boy. Make all the jokes you want, but its not going to keep me from being ashamed of the fact that I enjoy collard greens, dirty rice and of course biscuits.

If only one could drink a biscuit.....

Our newest offering is a beer that combines Buckwheat honey and Belgian Biscuit malt. Buckwheat honey is much darker than other varietals, its coppery in color and is sometimes referred to as “black” honey because unless light shines through it, it appears to be very dark. It has a huge depth of flavor, often being very earthy with a rich malty molasses like character. Combine this with Belgian Biscuit malt which yields a very bready/toasty malt note and you have a very interesting Belgian Pale Ale we are calling Biscuit de Miel (Honey Biscuit). It checks in at 6.25% ABV, is unfiltered to allow its Belgian yeast to shine through with a complex fruit note and finishes with a slightly sweet flavor.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Extended Spring Training

Greetings y'all, its been quite the interesting spring and things are blooming here at Franklin's. Business seems to be rising with the thermometer so to help battle this upcoming heat we'll be releasing our Belgian-style wheat ale entitled Witty Twitty.

Belgian-style witbier (white in Flemish is wit,bière blanche in French),is traditionally a top-fermented(ale) beer that gets its name from the high percentage of wheat and yeast used in the recipe. Wheat proteins as well as a yeast that stays in suspension cause this beer to look very cloudy/hazy and since the beer is very light colored the appearance is said to be white( to me its more reminiscent of lemonade). This style derives from an age when hops were not common place in brewing and other flowers,herbs and spices were used to balance the sweetness by providing bitterness.

Our take on this style produces a brilliantly unfiltered and hazy ale with a fluffy white head. Its refreshingly light bodied and tart with subtle fruit and spice character. Look for it on tap this week!