As the year draws to an end, breweries often partake in the tradition making a special beer to offer in gratitude and thanks to friends and family. These beers tend to be a bit bigger, more brash, and complex than their normal offerings. However, it often feels like the modern world in which we live is already plenty big, brash, and complex. We decided to go down a different path for this beer.
We wanted to make a beer of simplicity and elegance, equally at home being enjoyed after a long day of work, a fun day of skiing, or sitting around the dinner table with friends. It was with this in mind that we chose to rebrew a beer that our friends have been asking us to bring back since it ran out last winter. Crisp, clean, and delicious, we decided to bring back the beer that launched our lager program, Helles.
To accompany this beer, we had to find the right name, which we did in Helles’ native tongue. The German word Gemütlichkeit (/ɡəˈmo͞otlikˌkīt/) has no direct English equivalent, but it is best described as a feeling of warmth, contentment, and happiness, embodying what we hope to share in this beer.
Thank you all, and we wish you Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year.
Brewing beer offers endless, fascinating possibilities. However, while the search for the next great combination of ingredients, techniques, and philosophy can inspire, it can also complicate with its infinite variations. Finding the right approach, where ideas can be evaluated, ingredients analyzed, and techniques tested is essential to the continued growth and understanding of our craft. To this end, we are happy to introduce Method, a series of rotating beers brewed to investigate these questions on a production scale, that will be offered as both draft and cans only in our tasting room.
Our first iteration, Method 1, is an India Pale Ale brewed to evaluate the effects of dry hopping at the earliest stages of fermentation. Brewed with a simple grist of pale malt and approximately 15% flaked barley, and featuring Citra, Cascade, Chinook, and Columbus, we introduced half of the dry hops into the fermenter on the day we brewed the beer, simultaneously with our house yeast. The end result is an incredibly fruity, aromatic IPA with startling clarity for a beer that contains unmalted grains and was never fined or filtered.
Final Gravity: 2.2ºP
Grist: Pale Malt, Maine-grown Pale Malt, Flaked Barley
Hops: Cascade, Chinook, Citra, Columbus, Magnum
Yeast: House British
Foundation Brewing Brick City Rauchbier Commemorates Portland’s Great Fire of 1866
Portland, ME (July 1, 2016) – Foundation Brewing Company in Portland, ME is releasing a special beer on Fourth of July weekend in its tasting room at One Industrial Way. This beer, named Brick City, is a Rauch, or Smoke Beer, created to pay homage to the City of Portland on the 150th anniversary of the Great Fire of 1866. On July 4 of that year, the celebrations went awry, and a fire broke out in the commercial district, sweeping through much of the city built on what current residents call the “Peninsula.” The fire destroyed a third of the city, killed two people, destroyed over 1,500 buildings and left 10,000 people homeless. The debris from the fire was used to build what is now much of the waterfront along Commercial Street and the Fore River, and all new construction in this area was of brick and stone to prevent future fires. This forever changed the city, creating the brick warehouses that make up the heart of the Old Port. To honor its rebirth, the City’s seal includes a phoenix and the motto “Resurgam” which means “I shall rise again.”
Brewed with beechwood smoked malt and Munich malt, and fermented with a lager yeast, Brick City pours a golden orange color. The aroma and flavor is of a pleasing smokiness overlaid with a warm malt presence, finishing clean and balanced. This beer would pair wonderfully with any smoked seafood or meats, or a nice cheddar or semi-soft cheese.
Brick City is a limited, small batch beer that will be available for tastings in the Foundation Brewing tasting room at One Industrial Way on Sunday, July 3rd from 12-5p and Monday, July 4th from 12-4p. Portions of the proceeds from sales of the beer will be donated to the Portland Fire Department.
Moveable Type is a farmhouse ale created in the tradition of an old world saison. We began by brewing a provision strength ale, which we then cellared for over a year with Brettanomyces. During the months of cellaring, our saison yeast and the brettanomyces worked together to create a beer rich in tropical fruit notes, balanced by an underlying earthiness. Bottle conditioned, the beer will continue to evolve. This movement in flavor is something we love about farmhouse ales, like a printer’s type, periodically reset to tell a new story.
Moveable Type is a 7.8% ABV farmhouse ale.
Brewed: September 2, 2014
Bottled: August 9, 2015
Release: October 31, 2015