It’s been a while since I’ve followed up with the folks over at Barn Hammer to see how they are doing. They are still in the midst of construction and so I wasn’t able to pop down there to talk to them. I hope to be able to once things have calmed down. It should mean the space is looking closer to completion, that they are closer to being ready to brew, and that they are less stressed.
One of the things that has happened since I last spoke to Barn Hammer is that they’ve officially announced their core beers. It’s been a fun time watching them tweet about them over the past weeks and seeing the fantastically designed logos. So, while this isn’t a full and complete update on Barn Hammer, I wanted to make sure that you are up to date.
While I don’t know much about the particular versions of these beers being produced by Barn Hammer, I’ll give you an idea of the style. Overall I am pretty excited to give them all a try.
First up we have the Lousy Beatnik Kellerbier. Also known as a Zwickelbier it is a German style that is typically not clarified or pasteurized. The term Kellerbier literally translates to “Cellar Beer” referring to the cool lagering temperatures. The origins of this style date back to the Middle Ages. Compared to more traditional lagers, Kellerbiers tend to contain more of their original yeast. Essentially this is a German Lager.
A variation of the Stout style that developed in the late 1800s. Some brewers in England would throw a handful of oatmeal in to their grist and call it a “healthy” oatmeal stout for marketing
Generally, between an Irish Stout and a Sweet Stout on for sweetness, there are numerous varieties which can go from very dry to quite sweet. Level of bitterness also varies in this style.
The use of oatmeal can create a silky mouthfeel and richness of body, while a large amount of oatmeal can result in a fairly intense, almost oily mouthfeel.
A 400-year-old Belgian style of beer that died out in the 1950s and was later reviewed by Hoegaarden. This style has grown in popularity due to its ability to carry some nice spice and fruit notes and its refreshing nature. Typically, a bit of peppery notes, perfumy coriander and citrusy notes.
This style is overall a refreshing, elegant, tasty, moderate strength wheat based ale.
This fourth beer, which reads Pale Ale, has recently been updated, though not with such a beautiful picture, to be a Double IPA. Brian, the brewmaster, decided to try making this as a double IPA and it was a hit. So, they decided to make that as their fourth beer instead of this Pale Ale.
The style, a Double IPA, is a beer that is an American craft beer invention that began in the 1990s. The adjective “Double” really doesn’t mean anything other than this beer is stronger than a regular IPA. You will see “Imperial” used quite regularly as well. It’s the same style.
The style should be intensely hoppy and fairly strong with an IBU (international bitterness unit) range of 60-120, an ABV of between 7.5% and 10% with a lighter colour. Drinkability of the style is important and it should be well balanced with strong malt backbone and residual sweetness.
The fifth and final beer has been announced and it is a red ale. The beer is called “Seventh Stab” red ale because it literally was their seventh stab at making a red ale. I know in speaking with the brewmaster Brian Westcott, that it was tough to get it tasting how they wanted while still being “red enough. At the end of the day, they got the right balance and so, 7th try is the charm.
While not indicated, the style is most likely that of an Irish Red Ale. While Ireland has a strong brewing tradition, the Irish Red Ale is really a variation on the English Bitter with less hopping and a bit more roasted malt added for colour and sweetness.
This style of beer is easy-drinking with subtle flavours of caramel, toffee and a bit of a grainy texture on the palate. There are certain versions of this style that will emphasize the caramel and sweetness of the malt moreso than others. It’s important to mention that there are many variations that exist within this style. While a more traditional style will have less of a hop profile, there is an emerging version in the craft beer scene that is more hop forward with a higher ABV.
To end this post, Barn Hammer also has some Merchandise available should you wish to pick some up and support them as they build their brewery. You can represent a new craft brewery around town in a nice T-shirt or toque.
Each of the items is $25 including tax and they are accepting cash or cheque right now. If you’d like something, you can contact them here.