After some experimentation we have settled with a plan of releasing a new specialty beer each month. While it is not set in stone, the goal is to alternate between lagers that showcase their hop profile and ones that focus on their malts. We have already released our Kiwi Rising Double India Pale Lager and Saxonator Dunkles Doppelbock under this format.
This week we are happy to release our next hoppy beer. We had planned to call this beer a Double India Amber Lager. However, after brewing the beer, rather than being a bright amber color, it came out much darker, bordering on brown. So instead of calling it an amber we changed it to dunkel, which is the German moniker for a dark beer of any style.
Our new creation turned into a Double India Dunkel Lager. It did not take long until we were calling it by its initials, which led us to create our most inspired name to date, ‘Hey! Diddle, Diddle’. This beer features copious amounts of Cascade, Palisades, Warrior and Cluster hops. To maximize its hop character we made multiple hop additions to the kettle, whole leaf hops in our hopback and several dry hop additions while it was conditioning.
To balance the hefty hop additions we made use of Munich and caramel malts. A touch of sweetness combined with an extra long lagering time smooth out this strong 8% abv beer. One sip will have you jumping over the moon.