Franklin's Brewery

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Hop E Soul

The Hippity Hoppity Series
Volume 3

Beer glass beer glass on the bar
Tell me beer glass have I gone too far?
Could it be this watering hole
Or is it just my Hop E. Soul
What I brew ain't make believe
I brew it honest that's no lie
But when it comes to being Hop E
It's just me myself and rye

The third installment in the Hippity Hoppity Double IPA series is Hop E Soul. This beer is probably the most unique so far in the series as it utilizes a large percentage of malted rye in the grist bill which brings out an interesting spice character. Combined with heavy handed usage of Chinook,Liberty and Columbus hops it electrifies your palate with green bitterness,floral and citrus accents. Orangey-copper in color with a thick light tannish head, the aroma hits your nose with floral,citrus and spice. Its full body stickiness coats with an impression of bitter oranges and spicy grain as its 8.7 % ABV warms your mouth as it trickles towards its final resting place.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Well here we go, a Franklin's farm exclusive...Saison. OK, so I know we're not a farm brewery, but the spirit of this beer definitely is. Saison, which is French for season, is a rustic Belgian Farmhouse ale. Traditionally brewed by Wallonian(Southern Belgian)farmers during the fall and winter so that they could be consumed during the warmer weather. They are in short Belgian Pale Ales that are highly hopped (for Belgian standards),sometimes spiced and always very refreshing as they were consumed by farmhands who's access to potable water at the time was limited.

Our version is a pretty straight forward entry, made with 100% Pilsner malt, Saaz hops and a yeast from a classic Saison brewery in Belgium. Its moderately higher carbonation really helps the esters and hops come forward to your nose. On the first sip it attacks you with a pleasant bitterness,citrus, a touch of tartness and a subtle sweetness in the finish.

Miami Weiss-Version 2.0

Great literature isn't written, it's rewritten...

We just tapped our new batch of Miami Weiss yesterday, a slight reformulation from the version we introduced this spring. This time around I added twice as much Orange Blossom Honey and three times the sweet orange peel. In addition I changed the hopping to try to bring a little more citrus into the fold. In the end I think we are closer to the vision of a South Florida orange grove in your mouth,fortified with barley of course. This version has a bit more honey upfront and in the nose, while the citrus zest from Centennial hops have a lingering finish. American Wheat beers don't all have to be boring, this one is far from it...though far from perfection, stay tuned.