Last year, we conducted a little brewing experiment.
The ingredients: Water, hops, yeast, malted barley… and a ton of grapefruit peel.
The hypothesis: This could taste great! (Or not great.)
The results: A beer with a whole lot of pithy bitterness.
The conclusion: This needs some tweaking.
But… how to fix it? There are two ways to cut down on the bitterness of a beer. One method is to shandyize, which is what we did when we added lemonade to our too-tart cranberry wheat, resulting in The Bog, a summer favorite. But for fall, we already have a shandy on the menu: our pumpkin pie-flavored brew I Know What You Did Last Shandy.
So we went with option number two: adding ingredients which aren’t sweet, but which are perceived as sweet. In this case, orange and vanilla. The result was Ebb Tide, a 5% American Wheat Pale Ale that tastes, every so slightly, like a creamsicle.
People loved it.
Too popular not to bring back, this desserty beer is going on tap tomorrow, beginning at noon. Our 10th grade science teachers would be proud.