It's been a while since we bottled any beer.
In the early days, we had no equipment which would allow us to carbonate beer, so all of our kegs, casks and bottles were carbonated in the final vessels by residual yeast processing residual sugar, resulting in carbonation. This is called "conditioning," and is why our bottles proudly displayed the words "Bottle Conditioned" on the neck.
When Josiah Blomquist came on board as Head Brewer, we mutually agreed that we wanted to have more control over the carbonation process [sorry yeast! We trust you but...]. Along with a new water filtration system and many new fermenters, we have also brought three brite tanks, or carbonation tanks, on board. Although we still allow the yeast to carbonate all of our cask ale, our draft beer is carbonated in these new tanks. Bottling carbonated beer requires special equipment, so our old bottler just was not up to the task. But last week, we took delivery of a beautiful new bottler that will allow us to bottle carbonated beer! So, we're back in the game.
We plan to package four of our draft beer favorites:
A Hog in the Bantam Pen [our popular Vienna Lager]
Better Days [our refreshing, balanced Pale Ale]
Cutting Bracken [possibly the best Brown Ale out there!]
Lost in London [our complex, delicious Oatmeal Stout]
But before we get to any of those, we are going to bottle up that amazing Imperial Oatmeal Stout that has been quietly aging in Four Roses and Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels for several months. We plan to release these on February 11, so mark your calendar!