The Mattingly Brewing Company may now be producing full scale productions of beer, but that doesn’t stop them from showing off what’s yet to come. Tonight is the night many of us have been waiting for. Head Brewer Drew Huerter will be offering his Dead Flowers Double IPA. Drew provided me with some information and a back story about this beer:
An intensely hopped and strong American ale. Maximum levels of hop flavor and aroma with high levels of hop bitterness and a substantial malt backing define Dead Flowers. Magnum, Summit, Mt. Hood, Ahtanum, Amarillo and Willamette hops are showcased here. 80 IBUs and 8% ABV *Served by the snifter, not by the pint **unfortunately, no growler sales will be allowed
And, a bit of backstory:
I have a bit of an obsession with the Rolling Stones, hell, Street Fighting Man is my ringtone and Gimme Shelter was before it. Their song Dead Flowers, may be my favorite Stones song, if not my overall favorite. It is so mean spirited and just drips with loathing. It is the greatest breakup song ever written and is most definitely very, very bitter.
Two years ago I found myself alone on Valentine’s Day. My girlfriend at the time, now fiance’, by the way, I’m getting married, was back home for grad school, so with no other obligations, I did the only logical thing I could think of, and I brewed up an extremely hoppy and bitter Double IPA and named it Dead Flowers in tribute to the classic song. While the hop varieties are different in the current release, it was primarily Liberty and Columbus, the hopping technique and malt bill remain unchanged.
And because one beer isn’t going to satiate the beer nerd palates tonight, Drew will also be offering Biere de Mars:
A Belgian style farmhouse ale. By fermenting a wort of Pilsner, Vienna, Wheat, Rye and Honey malts Jaggery sugar, Magnum, Ahtanum, Mt. Hood and Sterling hops with our house Belgian yeast culture at an elevated temperature we have a unique and quirky ale. Soft toasty and bready malts kicked in the pants with spicy rye, citrusy and grassy hops and funky yeast profile mingle together to create this sublimely balanced beverage. 30 IBUs and 6.4% ABV
And yes, it was inspired by New Belgium Biere de Mars. And no, it doesn’t have any Brettanomyces in it…well not yet…*laughs menacingly*
Here’s a list of what to expect over the next few weeks:
4/08 – Dead Flowers Double IPA
4/15 – 1984 Golden Ale – Dry Hopped w/ Sterling & Mt. Hoods
4/22 – Cardinal Direction Abbey Dubbel – Spiced
4/29 – Cardinal Direction Abbey Dubbel – Brandy Oak Aged
Be sure to head out and taste some of Drew’s excellent beer.