A few weeks ago we were joined by our good friend and “fellow brewer from a Delaware brewery”, Ben Potts. Ben and I are great fans of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks series and for the longest time have wanted to brew a beer loosely based on it.
Drawing inspiration from Agent Cooper’s deductive rock throwing exercise (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0bE21nYkOY), we constructed three lists: malt, hops, and adjuncts (spice, fruit, etc). Once our lists were assembled, we gathered a box of rocks and placed a pint glass on a rock many yards away from us. Julie, serving as our record keeper, would call out a potential ingredient from one of the lists, and then myself or Ben would repeat the ingredient’s name prior to hurling a rock at the pint glass. If the rock struck the pint glass, we incorporated the ingredient into our brew. All forms of contact were noted (skims, full contact, shattering, etc). After about an hour of our deductive rock throwing exercise, we had compiled a list of all of our ingredients:
Crystal Wheat 40L
The beer was constructed to be a classic American IPA of sorts: Bitter, pungent, and boasting all of the strange flavors/aromas/visual obscurities of a David Lynch film. The fennel pollen and cardamom pods were all added in the whirlpool, as was a healthy dose of Columbus hops. The beer underwent a secondary fermentation atop 165 lbs of local cherries and was then dry hopped with Simcoe.
The resulting beer, aptly named Bob, is really strange. It pours a bright hazy blood red color and is quite strong (9% abv). We will be tapping Bob tonight (Friday 6/27/2014) and will be giving out some pretty tremendous house-made cherry pie (made with the same cherries used in Bob) to anyone who orders a pour of Bob. We made five pies, so get here early. Also, we will be tapping a cask of SecretFace, our Imperial Stout, conditioned on cherries and infused with cold-steeped Reanimator coffee. That’s Damn Good Coffee.