We’re really over-the-moon about this beer.
In fact, you might say that we’re… Irrationally Exuberant about it.
And for good reason. Irrationally Exuberant is the latest in a long line of excellent releases in our Barrel Aged Series.
If you’ve ever said to yourself, “Man. I really wish I could get an Orange Julius into a beer,” first, congrats on having been a mallrat in the 80s or early 90s, and second, it would appear as if your wait is over.
We swapped out the orange for mango, soured it, tossed in some maltodextrin, and decided that it Takes Two to Mango.
This beer has been aging in stainless for about a year. In the fast-paced world of brewing, a year can be a long time.
Last year, we asked each leg of the production team — lab, packaging, cellarmen, and brewers — to design a beer. Bière de Mineur is the brewers’ addition to the mix.
So, Bière de Mineur has been aging so long that one of the guys whose idea it was doesn’t even work here anymore and another is in a completely different position.
After eight years, we’ve brewed a significant number of beers — nearly 400 on Untappd right now. In that time, we’ve certainly decided upon a few favorites, but, sadly, we can’t brew them all.
Our sour IPA, Corrosion, is one of them — a favorite around the brewery, but it didn’t make it onto the schedule this year.
Regardless, when we first brewed the latest in our Barrel Aged Series two years ago, Corrosion was still on the schedule and inspiring our Innovation Director Brian Hink.
While Possibly Maybe is definitely a different breed of cat — it’s a barrel-aged, dry-hopped golden sour — the similarities between the two are evident.
Deciding which legacy beers to nix and which to bring back is a difficult process.
We know you have favorites. So do we. However, after eight years of brewing and, at the moment, 381 beers on Untappd, we simply can’t brew them all. If we tried, we’d never sleep and you’d only get one pint of every beer.
No one wants that.
Furthermore, we need to have the chance to brew up your next favorite beer. That’s the nature of the industry: if craft beer drinkers wanted to drink the same thing day in and day out, we’d brew nothing but Cape May IPA.
But you don’t. And neither do we.
So, each year, some beers end up on the chopping block — sometimes, some long-held favorites. It’s disappointing, but we have to do it.
Watermelon Wheat almost didn’t make the cut. Almost.
But, through a series of unexpected events — and a few champions throughout the brewery — not only is it back, but we’re canning it up for the first time — just in time for National Watermelon Day on August 3rd.
Well… our Old Salt returns, and, judging from the ingredients in this summer’s gose, he’s been making a tour of eastern Asia, returning with beautiful and exotic citrus fruits.
Nope, it’s not a lemon. It’s not an orange. It’s not a Beetlejuice-shrunken grapefruit and it’s not a strangely discolored lime.
“Dear God, what is that thing?!?” cries the person we just made up for this blog.
That, dear reader, is a yuzu.
No, not a wut. A yu-zu.
And it pairs perfectly with a salty, fruity, and immensely refreshing gose.
If comedy is tragedy plus time, great beer is good beer plus time. (Unless it’s an IPA. Always drink an IPA as fresh as possible.)
But we certainly gave The “Z” is Silent a lot of time. Like… a lot a lot.
Let’s put it this way: when we first razcked The “Z” is Silent into red wine barrels, Fetty Wap had just come into our lives, and everyone was at the theater watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Our youngest current production member was too yzoung to come to the brewery, and we were closing out a year in which we’d produced 4,700 barrels — a number we passed on May 13th of this year.
Suffice it to say, we’ve been working on this beer for a long time.
We’ve been brewing Crusty Barnacle since 2013, and it’s been a huge hit with both fans and the Brew Crew alike.
Originally brewed by the Tasting Room as a team beer, Crusty Barnacle is an American Pale Ale fermented entirely with Brettanomyces lambicus, and it will make you rethink everything you thought you knew about our good friend Brett.
Since it’s the only fermenting yeast, it gives off more fruit than funk, more juice than barnyard. You’ll get notes of cherry pie, pineapple, apricots, and some floral characteristics. Because of that, we use Amarillo, Centennial, and Citra hops — all primarily citrusy in nature — to bring out more of those fruit-forward flavors.
Read what our devoted fans had to say about Crusty Barnacle!
We’ve been going at it pretty strong with our Tiny Drink Umbrella series, with the first iteration with blueberries and raspberries hitting the Brewtique in July of last year. We followed it up with the passionfruit, orange, and guava version in September and the pomegranate, dark cherry, and black currants version March.
We’re back at it again with the Tiny Drink Umbrella, and, this time around, longtime fans of the brewery may notice a familiar fruit combination.
At CMBC, this is one of our favorite times of the year. The summer season is in full swing, we’ve got some of our favorite beers on tap in the Tasting Room, and we’re ramping things up for one of our biggest community initiatives: BikeMS: City to Shore!
We’ve been sponsoring a team for as long as anyone around here can remember, and we’ve raised a pretty penny for multiple sclerosis research and support in the process: over $100,000.
It doesn’t hurt things that we come out with one of our favorite beers in conjunction with the ride. We usually release our Double IPA City to Shore the weekend of the ride, but we’re moving it up in the rotation this year to help our team with their fundraising.
And because it’s just so damn good that we wanted it sooner, and, since we make the beer, we get to decide.
We throw down some sexy hops in this one: Citra, Amarillo, and Simcoe bring a ton of citrus and grapefruit flavors, balanced perfectly by a touch of pilsner malts and our London Ale yeast.
We’re big fans of it around the brewery, and our fans are big fans, too. Read what they have to say!
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