Humpback Chub: A Fish and a Beer

It’s time for our third beer release from our year long collaboration with the Grand Canyon Conservancy, and this time we brewed a delicious easy-drinking Blonde Ale. This Blonde Ale, named the Humpback Chub Blonde, was named after one of the endangered fish species that is found in the rivers of the Grand Canyon.  It is the only remaining chub species of fish still living and the highest population of this species is found within the Grand Canyon.

While the Humpback Chub fish has quite an interesting name and it’s not the prettiest thing to look at, we wanted to bring awareness to this endangered fish with our latest beer. Most of these fish live near the confluence of the Little Colorado River, however there are eight other small groups of fish that live in other parts of the Canyon. The Grand Canyon National Park is working to protect this species of fish through different efforts with the hopes of building back up this native species.

The Humpback Chub Blonde Ale has an ABV of 5% and an IBU of 20, with an aroma of floral honey and biscuit crackers. It is pale gold in color with a smooth finish. This beer has a slight hop floral taste to it that finishes with a malt sweetness similar to light honey. Humpback Chub Blonde is perfect for anyone that loves a smooth, refreshing beer and wants to help support an awesome local organization.

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We are releasing this beer on July 19th at our Beer Release Event at the Brewery from 6-8pm. The Grand Canyon Conservancy will be at the Brewery to help us celebrate and will be raffling off prizes as well. 10% of all keg sales from this beer will be going back to the Grand Canyon Conservancy, and we’ve got two more special brews up our sleeve this year to round out our collaboration with their organization. Keep an eye out for news about those brews, and in the meantime enjoy a Humpback Chub Blonde Ale!

Prickly Puss is Back!

Nothing screams Summer more than our Prickly Pear Berliner Weisse beer, Prickly Puss. This seasonal beer is a crowd favorite, which is why we had to bring it back for the third year in a row. It’s our take on a kettle sour, but with an Arizona flair that separates it from other sour beers on the market. We love it because the fresh and fruity flavors of the Prickly Pear perfectly compliment the tart yet refreshing qualities of the Berliner Weisse style of beer.

This year’s Prickly Puss has an ABV of 5% and an IBU of 10, with a hazy straw color that looks almost too good to drink. On the nose this beer smells of soft wheat, floral cactus, with a touch of tartness that you can pick up before even tasting the beer. This tart smell continues into the taste, but this flavor fades into a soft wheat that finishes with the prickly pear fruit. Most of the flavor of this beer is in the finish, which is where you pick up the notes of cactus fruit with a subtle floral flavor. 

Prickly Puss Pint on Barrel

Prickly Puss was made for the beer drinker that wants something super refreshing and loves tart wheat beers. It was brewed with Pilsner, Wheat, and Acidulated malts, as well as Azacca and Perle hops. The lacto, which makes this beer sour, was added into the kettle which creates the right pH for this beer and helps to create the light, subtle tartness that leaves you craving more. Prickly Puss is on tap now at all of our locations, and lucky for you we made a big batch this year to satisfy all your Berliner Weisse cravings. Give this beer a try next time you make it to Historic and let us know what you think!

Recipe Feature: Tikisaurus Beer Cocktail

We’re officially serving cocktails at our Downtown Flagstaff Historic Barrel + Bottle House location! The cocktail menu was introduced when we expanded into the new space downtown and we couldn’t be more excited to share all the amazing beer and wine cocktails on our summer menu, along with the other classic cocktails we are offering.

This month’s recipe feature is a beer cocktail from our new speciality cocktail menu and is made with our American IPA, Opposable. This cocktail was created by our Beverage Manager Shanea Furze and was inspired by her soon to be husband and their love of Tiki bars and Tiki cocktails. She created this cocktail to include ingredients that are in traditional Tiki cocktails, but gave it her own twist to include beer.

Tikisaurus is made with some unique ingredients, such as Hibiscus Falernum and Velvet Aquavit that are full of flavor. The Hibiscus Falernum is a bitter sweet liquor made with spices such as allspice, cloves, and ginger, and the Velvet Aquavit is a liquor made with herbs and spices like carroway. These bold and bitter flavors are mixed with the sweetness of the Grapefruit Juice, Pineapple Rum, and Agave and then topped off with Opposable to round out the flavors and add in some carbonation and lightness. Enjoy this cocktail in your own home or come down to our Historic Barrel + Bottle House location today to try it made by one of our expert bartenders.

Tiki-Saurus on Bar

Tikisaurus Beer Cocktail

-½ oz of Agave

-½ oz of Lime Juice

-½ oz of Grapefruit Juice

-¾ oz of Hibiscus Falernum

-1 ½ oz of Aquavit

-½ oz of Plantation Pineapple Rum

-Splash of Opposable IPA

1. Build your cocktail out in a shaker except for Opposable IPA

2. Give it all a light shake

3. Sugar the rim of your serving glass

4. Pour contents of your shaker into your serving glass

5. Top cocktail with a splash of Opposable IPA

6. Garnish with whatever you’d like (we like a Pineapple Stave and a sprig of Mint)

7. Serve and sip this delicious beer cocktail

Orange You Glad It's a Brown

Knock, Knock. Who’s there? Beer. Beer who? New Historic Brewing Company beer!

Our latest beer, aptly named Orange You Glad It’s a Brown, may have been inspired by every five year old’s favorite knock knock joke, but we can assure you that this beer is no laughing matter. This Burnt Orange Brown Ale is an exciting take on a Brown, with zesty citrus flavors and a charred sweetness. It has an aroma of chocolate, orange, and malt sweetness and the delicious aroma carries over into the flavors as well.

Orange You Glad It’s a Brown has an ABV of 5.4% and an IBU of 20 with flavors of burnt orange, chocolate malts, and a touch of herbal hop notes. It is a lighter Brown Ale with softer malt characteristics that compliment the charred orange flavors. To make this beer we took a brulee torch to orange peels and added those to the boil, and then later added additional orange zest at the end of the beer brewing process. This added a brightness and depth to the beer which helps bring in extra dimension that you wouldn’t get with just any old Brown Ale.

Orange You Glad Its a Brown

This Brown Ale was brewed with 2-row, amber, crystal-60, especial and chocolate malts, as well as magnum and perle hops. This beer is perfect for anyone who loves a good malty beer, or loves Brown Ales and wants something different and unique. The flavors in this beer is reminiscent of chocolate covered orange candies and immediately transform us back to our childhoods. Orange You Glad It’s a Brown will be released starting June 21st at all of our locations while supplies last.

Grassfed 2.0: New Take on an Old Favorite

Grassfed Blonde Ale is back! If you’re an OG Historic Brewing Company fan you’ve definitely heard of and probably tried Grassfed Blonde, our Lemongrass Blonde, known for it’s fresh flavor and easy drinking nature. It’s been quite a while since we’ve brewed this tasty beer, but with summer finally here and our nostalgic nature, we figured we’d bring back this classic brew.

This year’s Grassfed Blonde is version 2.0 because we changed it up slightly, using different hops to bring out more of a melon, fruit forward characteristic to the beer. Grassfed 2.0 was also brewed for charity, making it extra special. This brew was made for the Museum of Northern Arizona and their annual Gala event. This year the Museum of Northern Arizona is celebrating their 90th anniversary and featuring nine cutting-edge artists at their Gala, and we were lucky enough to pair with them yet again to make a beer that celebrates their event and all that they do for the local community.

Grassfed 2.0 has an ABV of 5.3% and an IBU of 20. This beer is straw in color with an aroma full of malt sweetness, honeydew, and fresh cut grass. It is a light, easy drinking blonde with flavor notes of cereal grains, lemongrass, melon, and a touch of sweetness from the large malt bill. This beer is soft and smooth, with some bright flavors that round it out and make it unique. It was dry hopped with fresh lemongrass, and while the lemongrass brings in a crisp herbal quality to the beer, it is a subtle flavor that perfectly compliments the malt in the beer.

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This beer was brewed with 2-row, Pilsner, Vienna, Victory, and Flaked Wheat malt, as well as Magnum and Pekko hops for bittering and flavor. One of the employees from the Museum of Arizona, plus a few of their awesome members were present for the brewing day of this beer, and got their hands dirty adding malt to the tanks and learning about how to brew beer.

We will be releasing Grassfed 2.0 Blonde Ale at our locations as early as June 14th, and it will also be poured at the Museum of Northern Arizona’s Gala on June 22nd. There are tickets for this event on their website, as well as more information on their current art exhibits and the many ways that you can support the Museum. Grassfed 2.0 is a new take on an old favorite, not only in flavor but also because this time around it’s helping build community and supporting one of our favorite local organizations in Flagstaff. It’s a small batch beer so drink it while you can, because who knows when Grassfed 3.0 will make it’s debut.

Experimental Hops & Experimental Beers

One of the best things about working in the beer industry is constantly getting to try new things and get experimental, all in the hopes of delicious results. While not every new idea works out, sometimes they do and damn do those wins taste good. Our latest beer, Experimental Probability IPA, is a hazy West Coast style IPA that is bold in taste and was brewed with a combination of experimental hops, so new they don’t even have names yet.

Experimental Probability IPA is medium straw in color, with an IBU of 80 and an ABV of 6.4%. It has a fruity hop aroma and flavor notes of pineapple, black currant, and lemon curd. This India Pale Ale has strong hop flavors throughout, with a pleasant bitter finish and little to no malt characteristics. It is true to style with it’s big hop flavor and solid bitterness, but switches it up with the unique characteristics from the experimental hops.

Experimental Probability

We brewed this beer as a single infusion mash but added in extra IBUs for bittering to make it more of a West Coast style IPA, which are known for their long lasting bitter flavors. We also dry hopped this beer with the experimental hops, which brought out more of the black currant flavor throughout the beer. We previously used these experimental hops in our Mall Crawler IPL, and liked the flavors so much we decided to play with them again in this beer.

Experimental Probability IPA will be on tap as early as June 1st in our locations, and is perfect for anyone who loves IPAs and wants something with strong hop flavors and little to no malt. It’s a new and fun Historic beer, and while we weighed the probabilities to see if it was going to work - this experiment turned out damn good.