It's Pumpkin Piehole Season!

Who doesn’t love fall? The slight chill in the air, leaves changing colors and falling, scarves and sweaters, and of course pumpkin spiced everything… Which means it’s also time for Pumpkin Piehole Porter!

This seasonal favorite is full of all your favorite fall flavors, including cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice. This spiced Porter also has flavor notes of roasted malt and chocolate, with a slight vanilla finish. It is a medium-bodied Porter, making it perfect for both daytime and evening drinking. 

Pumpkin Piehole

Pumpkin Piehole Porter will be released on September 13th at the Pumpkin Piehole Beer Release Party at our Downtown Flagstaff location. From 3-10pm you will be able to drink pints of your favorite Fall beer for only $4, as well as enjoy a speciality Pumpkin Piehole beer cocktail, or Pumpkin Piehole ice-cream floats. 

This year we are also canning Pumpkin Piehole! You will be able to buy 12oz 6-packs and cases of this beer at our locations, as well as at select locations throughout the state of Arizona. On the night of the 13th we will also be offering discounts on Pumpkin Piehole Porter cans so it’s the perfect night to stock up. 6-packs will be $2 off all night and cases will be sold for $30. This deal is only offered on the 13th at our release party, so mark your calendars! We hope to see you there to help kick off our favorite season with our favorite Pumpkin spiced beer. 

Brewing For a Cause: Barn Burner IPL

Being a part of a local community is all about supporting others in a way that helps benefit us all, and being the makers of craft beer and awesomeness we like to give back in a way that makes a difference and is also delicious. Our Brew with Us program is one of those ways we like to give back, and we do so by working with local organizations and nonprofits to brew a beer that is then sold to raise money for certain projects or efforts that we also feel passionate about. For this month’s Brew with Us we worked with Flagstaff Biking Organization to create a kickass India Pale Lager that will be sold at the Leadville Qualifier Bike Race, the Barn Burner, to raise money for FBO’s Trail Fund.

The Barn Burner IPL is hop forward with lots of big tropical fruit flavor but still finishes clean and crisp like a lager should. It’s the perfect style for both hop heads and lager lovers and has just enough hop bitterness to keep you interested, while still being refreshing and thirst quenching for everyone who is craving something cold after the bike race. 

This beer has an IBU of 42, and an ABV of 5.5% and is gold in color. It was brewed with Vienna, Pils, and Wheat malts, as well as Hercules, Mosaic, Amarillo and El Dorado hops. We dry hopped this beer with the Amarillo and El Dorado hops to bring in some bitterness and also to enhance the tropical fruit flavors present in the hops. The aroma of this beer has notes of tropical fruit, dank hops, and lager yeast with tasting notes of malt sweetness that moves into fruity hop flavors and finishes slightly bitter but still crisp and clean. 

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This is our second year working with the Flagstaff Biking Organization to brew a beer to be served after the Barn Burner Bike Race, and we will be there again this year with our beer van to pour this tasty brew after the race. All proceeds from this beer’s sales at the race will go to the Trail Fund which is currently being used to help realign the Heart Trail for better sustainability and usage. This money will also be used to help repair and improve the trails that have been affected by the recent Museum Fire. 

Barn Burner IPL will be released at the Barn Burner race on September 7th and will be poured from noon until 5pm while supplies last. We will also have limited kegs of this beer on tap at our Flagstaff locations. Come try a pint for yourself at the race and help support an amazing cause that helps to improve the trail systems all throughout our beautiful town of Flagstaff. 

Don't Fear the Schwarzbier

First question: What the heck is a Schwarzbier? Second question: Why shouldn’t I fear this weird sounding beer?

Well for starters, a Schwarzbier is also known as a Black Lager, so this weird sounding beer also has a not so strange name that you may have heard before. But even if you haven’t heard of, or tasted a Schwarzbier before, it is a style of beer that is worth getting to know. Black Lagers are a great hybrid of a darker style beer like a Porter and a light, crisp Lager, making them easy drinking but with the “roasty” and bold flavors that are more commonly found in dark beers. 

Schwarzbier translates to “black beer” in German and is one of the oldest continuously brewed beers in the world. Although it is not as well known in the United States, it is slowly gaining notoriety in the growing craft beer scene among breweries and craft beer drinkers. This style of beer is a winner among dark beer drinkers and lager lovers, so it makes for the perfect brew to share among friends or take to a party. 

Our latest Schwarzbier, named “Don’t Fear the Schwarzbier”, has an ABV of 5% and an IBU of 22. It is brown in color and light in body, with notes of roasted malts, light chocolate, and lager yeast in it’s aroma. We brewed this beer with Pilsner, Munich, and Caraffa 2 malts, as well as Hercules and Perle hops and the water profile of Southern Germany. Don’t Fear the Schwarzbier has notes of herbal hops, chocolate, and a light roasted flavor that finishes dry and crisp with subtle hazelnut flavors that linger on the palate. 

Don't Fear the Schwarzbier

This beer is perfect for anyone who wants an easy drinking lager, but with a bit more flavor and depth. It drinks like a crisp, clean lager which is great for Summer, but incorporates some of the roasted and chocolate flavors that we miss during the warmer months of the year. This beer will be available at our Flagstaff locations starting August 20th, so give this style a try and don’t fear the Schwarzbier. 

Recipe Feature: Spicy Spare Moment Shrimp

It’s Historic recipe time, and we’re cooking with beer again! This time we are adding our new IPA, Spare Moment, to a spicy shrimp dish that is so easy and delicious that it’s sure to become part of your weekly rotation of recipes. 

If you’ve been following along with the blog you’ll know by now that IPAs are best paired with spicy foods, as the hop bitterness helps dull out some of the food’s spice on your tongue. This can help you taste the true flavors beyond the hot spiciness of the dish and add depth to the flavors as well. Our IPA, Spare Moment, is excellent used in this shrimp dish, and it is also a great beer to serve alongside your meal. Spare Moment has a balanced flavor, with some tropical and melon notes to it and a great hop bitterness that isn’t overwhelming. Give this recipe and this beer a try for yourself and let us know what you think!

Spare Moment

Spicy Spare Moment Shrimp

-3 tablespoons of olive oil or butter (or a combo of both)

-1-2 cloves of minced garlic

-½ of a finely chopped yellow onion

-1 pound of peeled and deveined raw shrimp

-⅔ cup of Spare Moment IPA

-2 tablespoons of tomato paste

-2 teaspoons of smoked paprika

-1 teaspoon of chili powder

-1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

-salt & pepper to taste

1. In a skillet or large pan heat the butter and/or olive oil

2. Add in the onion and garlic until translucent

3. Add in the tomato paste, spices, shrimp and beer and bring it a boil

4. Reduce to a simmer and cook until shrimp is cooked through and the sauce has reduced

5. Serve on top of rice or a salad, and alongside a Spare Moment IPA

See You Monsoon

Monsoon season, that time of the year where each afternoon is marked by rainfall and the subsequent cooling down and slowing down that happens throughout town. It’s also the perfect season for grabbing an afternoon beer and catching up on a good book or a conversation with a friend while you wait for the rain to end. In celebration of the monsoons we’ve made the perfect unfiltered West Coast style IPA that will have you saying “See You Monsoon.”

See You Monsoon is an IPA made with experimental hops that has an IBU of 67 and an ABV of 6.7%. It is dark gold in color with the aroma of mango, unripened pineapple, and a pleasant hop spice. While it is unfiltered and more of a West Coast style IPA, it leans more towards the tropical fruit side of things rather than citrus heavy like other IPAs in this style can be. It’s perfect for IPA lovers, especially those who like their beers with a bit more bitterness and spice to them. It is easy to taste the mango and pineapple flavors in this beer and these flavors add a slight sweetness that helps to balance out the bitterness present in the beer, but this bitterness as well as the hop spice does linger in the finish. 

See You Monsoon

This beer was brewed with 2-row, Bru, and Victory malt, as well as Hercules, Experimental 10416, and Palisade hops. We used 22 pounds of the Experimental hops to dry-hop this beer which helps enhance the flavors in this India Pale Ale. See You Monsoon will be available at our Flagstaff locations by August 13th, but it will only be around as long as the monsoon season.

Employee Feature: Austin Corbett

Without our kickass team, Historic Brewing Company would not be the business that it is. We rely upon our employees to not only do a great job but also to represent our brand and help us grow in the community and we are lucky enough to have some of the greatest people in Northern Arizona in our Historic family. One of those awesome team members is Austin Corbett, who is not only our Head Assistant Brewer but also our In-house Photographer and our Social Media Manager. He wears a lot of hats within the company, and his dedication and drive is apparent through each of his roles. 

When Austin isn’t at work brewing up tasty beers or working to shoot and create content for our social media accounts, you can find him working on his own personal photography, playing with his dog Luna, or grabbing a beer after a hike or a mountain bike ride. Austin is a great guy to know and is always down to chat with customers, friends, and coworkers. We interviewed Austin to get to know him a little more and the following questions will help you get to know him too. We hope you enjoy his funny and candid answers, and the next time you see Austin out in the world make sure you say hi. 

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  • What three things would you bring with you on a deserted island?

    • “My camera, a book, and my dog Luna.”

  • If you were a beer style which one would you be?

    • “Probably a session IPA, because I really enjoy drinking and brewing IPAs but I’m more mellow than a really hop forward IPA.”

  • What do you hope to be remembered for?

    • “I hope to be remembered for following my passions, treating people well, and creating photos that made an impact on people.”

  • What’s your ideal day off look like?

    • “Hiking in the Grand Canyon.”

  • If you had a superpower, what would it be?

    • “Probably flight so I could get places faster.”

  • How did you get into working at Historic Brewing Company?

    • “I started as a server downtown, then worked my way up to a bartender before I was offered a position brewing at the Brewery. Then I’ve just taken on more roles from there.”

  • What has been your most favorite and your least favorite day on the job?

    • “Favorite was probably the first day I brewed a beer by myself and least favorite was when Zack was gone at CBC and everything went wrong in the Brewery.”

  • Who is your biggest teacher?

    • “My parents, they taught me to follow my passions in life and have always supported me even when I didn’t know what I wanted to do.”

  • If this was your last meal, what would you be eating?

    • “Thai food - yellow curry.”

  • What type of music best describes you and your work ethic?

    • “Classic rock.”

  • Early riser or night owl?

    • “Early riser.”

  • What’s your favorite and least favorite thing about your job?

    • “Favorite is probably the environment and the industry as a whole because it’s laid back and the majority of people in it are there because they want to be and love it too. Least favorite would have to be canning.”

  • If you only had three words to describe yourself what would they be?

    • “Adventurous, passionate, and curious.”

  • What’s a skill you’d love to wake up tomorrow and have mastered?

    • “Time Management.”

  • You’re on a road trip and can only bring one CD with you - what would it be?

    • “Harvest by Neil Young.”