Happy New Year’s Brew Day

Aught-nine, bitches! And the NCB crew rang in the new year with a double brew session on January 1.

Nickel City’s original beer, the panty-dropping 5 Minute Hate, got a face lift with some tweaks to the recipe. We also upgraded the base malt from plain old 2-Row to Maris Otter, a UK Pale Ale Malt that smells phenomenal. If I knew the HTML code to link a smell, you could smell it for yourself. Sorry.

We also kick started aught-nine with a new addition to our line-up, the tentatively named Vargas Blonde Ale, which should turn out to be a pale blond Belgian beer with fruity, ester-y notes. Fingers are crossed. We’ve reserved several cases of 22 oz bottles especially for the Vargas Blonde, and plan on aging it in anticipation of Memorial Day weekend.


Looking backward, the old year closed out on December 27th with a special brew session marked by a visit from a friend of Nickel City, Kevin Godwin, who came to witness brewing the Ebenezer 1789 oatmeal stout. Check out his outsider’s perspective of our process at fiftytwotothirty.blogspot.com and see him wield a mop. Those buckets of sanitizer aren’t as easy to juggle as we make it look.

In Primary: Ebenezer 1789, Vargas Blonde, 5 Minute Hate, Courier-Express
In Secondary: Hailstorm, Ebenezer 1789
Next Brew Session: Jan 10th


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