We have some friends who do an annual music and beer fest in November and have, in years past, bought a couple of cylinders from a local beer brewer. This year, we volunteered to brew some custom beers for the music fest. Why? We like brewing! Of course, it also can’t hurt to get our names out there, and since there are a couple hundred people who attend, it may lead to something. Probably not, but we have fun pretending. Granted, this isn’t a done deal, but we’ll be brewing like it is!
This begs the question, first and formost, what to brew? My first inclination is a honey porter. It’s a good fall/winter beer, sweet enough for the casual beer drinkers and dark enough for the avid beer drinkers. It’s not so low in alcohol that you wonder why you are drinking it, but not high enough that you will be done after 2.
What then to do for the 2nd beer? Something lighter would be good, but it needs to appeal to the masses, so Pumpkin Ale is probably out. An OctoberFest would be good, but we are a bit late to start that. There are so many choices to go with. Kit, from scratch, clone or original? These questions will be pondered for the coming weeks, and when we finally figure it out, we’ll be sure to let you know.