Hey guys, thanks for checking back!
Wow, it's been an eventful month! Not only did we submit Ryder's Rye IPA for the Battle of the Brews Craft Cup competition, we WON! That's right, Ryder's Rye IPA took home our very first Gold Medal (1st Place!) for the Specialty Beer category! This came as a huge surprise, considering it was the first competition I've ever entered!
But wait, there's more! After being called up and receiving my first place gold medal, I stood up in front of everyone at the Battle of the Brews and waited for them to announce the Best of Show winner. My heart STOPPED when I heard them announce the Best of Show winner was DAVID WELLS for RYDER'S RYE IPA! I'm still pinching myself thinking I'm going to wake up at any minute! It was completely unexpected! There were a lot of great and experienced brewers up there and for the award to go to me was just absolutely astounding!
I am so thankful and appreciative to everyone who made this experience possible. All of the people who put on the Battle of the Brews, The Beverage People, The Sonoma Beerocrats, and the BJCP Judges! Thank you all so much. I also want to thank my assistant brewer on this beer, Kelli H from MadeInSonoma for giving me the idea to brew a Rye IPA and helping out during the process. Also, my new assistant brewer Kyle Castillo, for giving me such amazing initial feedback on the beer and pushing my ass to enter this beer in the Battle. Without all of you, none of this would be possible, so I just wanted to give my thanks and show my appreciation for all of you. :)
Next on the list of news for March, is new beer! My new brew buddy Kyle has been an awesome new addition to the Bennett Valley Brewing family. He's constantly pushing forward and coming up with new ideas for recipes! And with that being said, I can introduce you to not one, not two, but THREE new beers that have been brewed with Kyle's assistance:
|Hoppy Amber Ale- aka "Red Dog Amber Ale"|
· First up is a new Amber Ale. We're thinking of calling it Red Dog Amber Ale. It's an extra hoppy Amber Ale with a smooth malt backbone.
· Second is a beer that is destined to be our next contest beer, Koda Bear Porter. Named after Kyle's black lab puppy, Koda. This beer was originally intended to be a Black IPA, but for whatever reason has turned out to be an amazing Porter! It's very malty and smooth with a great chocolate finish. The aftertaste is all chocolate and goodness. This is the perfect dessert beer.
· The third new beer was designed to be a wheat beer, but we decided to put a twist on it and use a Belgian Yeast! We also used Honey Malt and added fresh orange zest. Currently the beer is quite funky due to the Belgian Yeast so we've decided to let it mature a little bit before putting out the final verdict. We're going to brew this one again using American Wheat yeast next time to compare the difference and decide which one we like better. Whichever version is chosen will be the featured beer at Kyle's wedding this summer!
That's all for now! Thanks again for checking back. We've got more brewing to come in April, including another batch of Ryder's Rye IPA so that everybody can taste it!