First it there was the C1, a Oak Aged Dry Hopped Smoked Rye Pale Ale. Then, there was the yet to be released C2, a Smoked Belgian Dark Strong Ale. It looks like the final collaborative beer between Schlafly, O’Fallon Brewery, and New Albanian Brewing Company has been brewed.
For those of you looking for that “great session beers with [a] unique twist”, I’m happy to announce that the C3 collaboration is a 4% Dry-Hopped American Mild. New Albanian brewer Jared Williamson posted some information about the beer on the New Albanian blog:
C3 continues the extreme and interesting themes that have been and are being explored with the C-series. C3 is extreme in its restraint, in our collective ability to resist the abundant urges to add more and explore more ideas in a single beer. By dialing in our collective vision, we have struck out in a new direction with C3.
Based on the classic English Mild, C3 features Marris Otter, Munich, Brown and Carafa malts.
After much debate the collective again went with the theme of restraint, and a single hop was the choice: Citra. Never used before by New Albanian, Schlafly or O’Fallon, Citra on early inspection reminds this brewer of the spice and pine of Chinook with the musty citrus of Columbus.
One of the most unique parts about this beer is that while it features Citra as a mash, whirlpool, and dry hop, there were no bittering additions used. As noted by The Potable Curmudgeon, what will probably be your first opportunity to try both the C2 and C3 will be at the Great Taste of the Midwest in Madison, WI.
For those of you who can’t make it out to Great Taste, I should hopefully find out when this beer should be available in the St. Louis area.