Another Tiny Drink Umbrella? You’re Welcome!
This weekend, we’ve got two very limited-edition brews coming at you: our milkshake IPA, You’re Welcome and the second edition of our smoothie ale, Tiny Drink Umbrella.
These are two brews you’re going to want to get together — one with toasted coconut and the other with passionfruit, orange, and guava — they’re two great tastes that taste great together.
Disney’s Moana is 117 minutes of magic and wonder.
Seriously, y’all. If you haven’t had the chance to sit down and watch it, make it a priority. With a dozen great songs by musical theater phenom Lin-Manuel Miranda, it follows our titular heroine as she sets out on a daring mission to save her people from destruction, with help from The Rock.
Because when you’re going to cast anyone in Hollywood as a demigod, of course you’re going to pick Dwayne Johnson.
Either way, when we decided to come out with an island-inspired, toasted coconut, lactose milkshake double New England IPA, we pulled out all the Moana stops. Throw some tropical hops and a smooth mouthfeel, and you’ve got a piña colada that will make you think you’re back in middle school, hitting up the Orange Julius at the local mall.
“We pan-toasted the coconut in-house and conditioned You’re Welcome on top of that at a rate of almost 3.5 pounds-per-parrel, a bunch of whole vanilla beans, and dry-hopped it with Motueka and Denali and a rate of 5 pounds-per-barrel, so this beer is pretty intense with its flavor profile,” Head Brewer Brian Hink tells us.
The malt bill for this brew is relatively straightforward for a CMBC brew — pilsner, oat, wheat — except for the addition of something relatively rare around here: rye.
“I think Rye is one of the most misunderstood grains out there,” Brian says.
Most people tend to equate rye with spice, probably because they’re used to rye bread. However, the spiciness in the bread doesn’t come from the rye itself: it comes from the caraway seeds.
“I think the better descriptor for Rye would be earthy,” Brian continues. “The earthiness can add a lovely element to the mouthfeel, lending an almost silky viscosity, which will go a long way in giving this full-bodied beer a smoother, softer edge.”
To add a touch of sweetness — as well as body, depth, heft, and a luscious viscosity — we added a touch of lactose to You’re Welcome.
“People like sweet things,” Brian explains, simply. “Honestly, spend a day at your local giant coffee chain and notice how many people drink regular black coffee vs. one of the overly-sweetened other beverages. People want sugar.”
Most of our sources of sugar — fructose, sucrose, dextrose, maltose — are all very fermentable. Just like people, the yeast we use loves those sugars and consume the vast majority of them. So, to add sweetness to a beer, we’re left in a bit of a quandary.
“How do we make something sweet without any sugar?” Brian asks. “We could add a sugar substitute, but that would be weird and gross. We could back-sweeten the beer, like The Bog, but then it’s overly sweet and becomes very unbeer-like.”
So, we use a sugar the yeast can’t consume. Lactose — sugars derived from milk — fits the bill perfectly.
“Brewers yeast can’t consume lactose,” Brian tells us, “so that leaves residual sugar in the beer, offering a hint of sweetness and a lot of body.”
A New England IPA like You’re Welcome starts off with a lot of body, so adding an unfermentable sugar like lactose gives it a rich, creamy mouthfeel — not unlike drinking a milkshake. Toss in some vanilla, and the illusion is complete.
We came out with our first iteration of Tiny Drink Umbrella back in July, and it was so much fun that we decided to give it another try! This time, instead of raspberry and blueberry, we added pineapple, orange, and guava.
Combining pineapple, orange, and guava is a helluva flavor combination — insanely tropical and refreshing — and it works extraordinarily well with the Mosaic and Citra in the base brew.
“Tiny Drink Umbrella worked nicely the first time around and it really drank like a smoothie,” Brian says. “We thought about what worked well and what could work better or differently, and we thought a brighter, more citrusy character would work nicely.”
Combining the sweetness from the orange pairs well with the tartness from the guava and passionfruit.
“I thought the first version of Tiny Drink Umbrella needed a hint more sour or a touch sweeter,” Brian says, “and with this second try we got a little additional tartness and a little more sweetness.”
You’re Welcome and Tiny Drink Umbrella – P.O.G. both release on Saturday from the Brewtique. See you then!