Happy Holidays from Atomic Donkey Brewing

I hope everyones Holidays are going nicely. We have had a nice one here at Atomic Donkey. Plenty of brain storming going on around here for 2012. It will be the year of the Donkey. Just wait and see. Last night 5 gallons of the Atomically Red Irish Ale were transferred off the yeast cake in the primary and into a clean secondary. The other 5 gallons are going to remain in the primary for another week or two and then both will be bottled.

We will have another poll up after the Holidays. Once again you will get to decide what we brew. We are beginning to get some estimates together on a kegging system. Bottling will continue as well so we can get as much brew out there to the masses as possible. The kegging will be for personal consumption and when we are doing tours of the brewery.

An exciting year awaits us. Hope you all come along for the ride. Bring some friends as well. CHEERS and an early Happy New Year..

Hold on tight in 2012!!

Altbier is altbottled

On my recent day off I finally got around to bottling the winner of the most recent Atomic Donkey Brew Poll. The German Altbier. Things went pretty smoothly aside from the two bottles I knocked over. This will be one of the last batches we ever completely bottle. Atomic Donkey Brewing hopes to move to kegging after the 10 gallon batch of Atomically Red Irish Ale goes into bottles. We will continue to bottle enough to give away to friends and customers.

The Alt took about 2 hours from beginning of the process to the end. Future 10 to 15 gallon batches are going to turn into an all night project unless we move to kegs. Anyways, this batch tastes great. Its sitting in the outside fridge at a cozy 50 degrees and should be ready in about 4 weeks.

On a different note, the Late to the Party Pumkin Porter is finally showing signs of carbonation. Its going to end up being 8 weeks from bottling to ready to drink. A true test of patience which we have been somewhat successful at.

We at Atomic Donkey Brewing wish you and yours some Happy Holidays, whichever you might celebrate. CHEERS!!

Mule of the Month: Southern Tier

Southern Tier Mokah

Due to an illness this post was delayed by a day. We apologize for this. Staff is feeling much better now. So here you go.

This week we will take a look at one of the best American Double/Imperial Stouts I have ever had. Southern Tier's Mokah. Upon pouring you immediately notice its deep black color. There is initial a small amount of brown head. It retains a tiny amount of this throughout. You can smell a bit of coffee but the most predominate smell is the chocolate.

The taste you notice first is chocolate mixed with some coffee and oatmeal. definitely can tell the ABV is high in this (Around 11%). But the alcohol taste is not too noticeable. Its an intense brew from beginning to end but the chocolate adds a nice smoothness to it. Its a sweet beer. Even sweet by stout standards. Its not a beer you are going to have too many of in one sitting. But having just one will make you a happy camper. It will put a smile on your face, due to both the taste and alcohol content.

Mule of the Month: Southern Tier

Southern Tier IPA

I'm sure by now you have all guessed that I'm a big fan of Southern Tier. This week I decided to do a write up on a more readily available brew of theirs. The IPA is a delicious brew. While not as strong as the Dogfish head 90 min, they taste somewhat similar to me. There is a definite citrus/malty taste to this brew. The hops start and finish strong. It pours a deep amber color with moderate to low head. Its a very nicely balanced IPA.

Southern Tiers IPA is a very easy drinking American IPA that would be favored by those who like their citrus and floral hops and don't mind a touch of malt. If you are lucky enough to live somewhere that sells Southern Tier, this brew would be a great place to start. Then you can work your way up to the 2X IPA.

A Congratulations is in Order

Atomic Donkey would like to send a congratulations to our friend Matt over at the soon to be State Brewery. He and his lovely wife found out this morning that they are expecting a baby girl in a few short months. That will make it 3 to 1 in the females favor. So if you ever need to get away my friend, just run on over to Atomic Donkey. We are always open. CHEERS my friend!

Return of the Irish

So yesterday was the first time we at Atomic Donkey got to use our new keggle. There were some hiccups along the way but all in all things went well. Thank you to Matt for stopping by. There was a lot of heavy lifting that would have no doubt resulted in major burns had it not been for Matt. Thank you my friend. The next step is building a nice tiered system to help with this issue.

The brewing went well. I tweaked the Irish Red recipe just a bit. Should be a little less hoppy and a little more malty. Nice rhyming skills huh? So there are now 10 gallons bubbling away and smelling delicious. So total we have 15 gallons of brew (altbier and Red) that should be done in a month or so. And the Pumkin Porter is taking its sweet time carbonating. Its getting closer every day but still taking too long for my liking. So, thanks again for voting everyone. This was fun from beginning to end. CHEERS!

The tinfoil was to keep some of the heat off of the thermometer and spigot.

Num num indeed. Bubbling away this morning.

Mule of the Month: Southern Tier

Each month we here at Atomic Donkey Brewing will be focusing on a different brewery and every Thursday we will review a different creation from said brewery. This week we will take a look at Southern Tiers Imperial Oatmeal Stout. This was one of the few Southern Tier brews that I had not tried yet. My wife and I opened this last night. This brew appears as a dark, thick, slightly syrupy Oatmeal Stout. This is what an Oatmeal Stout should look like. At first it had the taste of a good basic Oatmeal Stout. Chocolately malt, with a slight hint of coffee. A second later you get the idea of why it’s an Imperial. Personally I thought I could taste a hint of alcohol in the finish. Not to say that this is a bad thing. The wife described it as a crisp finish. T each their own.

This brew sits at an impressive 10.8% abv. Some of the batches have come out as high as 11%. It seems that with Imperials there is often a lot of carbonation. Not with this brew. It was just the right amount. This is a full body brew for people that enjoy more complexity in their beer. I am a huge fan of this style of beer. Once again Southern Tier has made a beer that I would describe as one of the best of its kind. If you can find it, pick it up and give it a try. You will not be disappointed.

Great homebrewing website

I was sent a link to this site over on http://www.homebrewtalk.com/.  It's a pretty cool site where home brewers can exchange recipes and even brew. If you're into home brewing take a look. http://brewshuffle.com/

Atomic Donkeys Keggle is complete

Here she is. Only thing missing are the gallon marks on the site glass. This problem will resolved very soon.

Mule of the Month: Southern Tier

Atomic Donkeys Favorite Beers and Pictures of Said Beer: 

Pumking Imperial Pumpkin Ale

I had the pleasure of trying my first ST Pumkin IPA this past Halloween. It's an amazing brew. I wont break it down into hints of this and a slight taste of that but I will say, Its incredible. Its beer in some of its most intense form. I mean that in a good way. 

I doubt many are still around if any, but if you are lucky enough to come across it, pick it up. Then enjoy. CHEERS!