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One More Collabo: Evil Genius Beer Co.

Squad going up...on a brew day!

Squad going up…on a brew day!

We have been working with a lot of great breweries in the past few weeks. We collaborated with Sixpoint Brewery on a Russian Imperial Stout called “Back in the B.E.E.R.,” which will be featured at NYC Beer Week, and teamed with Davidson Brothers Brewing Co. on a traditional English version of our Vanilla Stout. To round off our trio of collabs, we had Evil Genius Beer Co. head brewer Jon Defibaugh come over to brew a black spelt saison with us.

Jon and Mike talking shop

Jon and Mike talking shop

A meeting of the minds.

A meeting of the minds.

Since our head brewer Sharif really likes making Belgian-style beers, specifically saison, it was an easy decision to create a riff on the style using pilsner malt, spelt and toasted caraway seeds. From a flavor profile standpoint, we can expect a decidedly Belgian, estery brew with some accentuated spice character thanks to the  caraway seeds and a nuttiness from the spelt.

Sharif toasting the caraway seeds.

Sharif toasting the caraway seeds.

“It’s SPELT Saison” should be quite the interesting brew; much different from the other saison variants we have made over the last year or so. One of the fun parts of collaborating with other breweries is that it creates an environment for sharing experience and an incubator for ideas. Jon is a very creative guy who knows his stuff about the industry; we definitely hope to work with him again in the future and wish Evil Genius the best of luck in creating a new production space.

We may have a little release party at the brewery for “It’s SPELT Saison”; stay tuned to social media for updates!

Until next time,

– Nicky Vowels

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