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Calypso Double IPA: Seductively Flavorful

Much like the nymph Calypso from the Odyssey who seduced Odysseus for seven years before she freed him from her island, our newest small batch Double IPA will seduce you away from any other tasty beers until it runs out. Calypso Double IPA is a fruity but balanced DIPA with a bitter finish and strong malt qualities. It was brewed with Calypso hops, known for their ripe fruit flavor, that lend a seductively flavorful taste to this brew.

Calypso DIPA has an ABV of 8.4% and an IBU of 75 with a strong aroma of pear and apricots while still being able to smell the hop bitterness that India Pale Ales are known for. This beer was originally just supposed to be an IPA but our love of hops and malts got the best of us, seducing us away our original plan and becoming a bigger beer that we had accounted for. Calypso DIPA was brewed with Magnum, Calypso, and Mistral hops, which come together to create a fruit flavor that is different than IPA lovers have come to expect. The fruit flavors of this beer aren’t “citrusy” or tropical, but rather closer resemble the smell and flavor of stone fruit that is just ripe enough to be made into jam.

 
Calypso DIPA on Taps
 

Although the ripe fruit flavors are the most prominent in the beer, Calypso DIPA still has a nice bready malt quality and a strong hop bitterness that comes through in the finish and lingers as you sip. This beer is perfect for hop heads who want to expand their palate with big, delicious flavors. Calypso Double IPA will be available at our locations starting January 18th and will around to seduce your taste buds for as long as it lasts.  



Behind the Scenes at Bearizona

Did you know that right here in Northern Arizona we have our very own Wildlife Park featuring 160 acres of land, and hundreds of amazing animals? Bearizona Wildlife Park, located in Williams, Arizona, is home to many rescued and relocated animals that have been given a second chance. Bearizona is fun for the whole family and features both a drive through and walk through section of the park, making it accessible for all. Bearizona is also home to Canyonlands Restaurant, a themed restaurant within the Kennelly Restaurant Concepts family, with options for even the pickiest of eaters. Canyonlands Restaurant also has a full bar inside featuring our very own Historic Brewing Company beer and Grand Canyon Wine Company wine.

Although the ability to walk around the park with a craft beer in hand is one of the awesome things about Bearizona, there is so much to enjoy on any day you choose to visit. They have live animal shows each day, featuring a rotating cast of their amazing animals and staff. These shows are interactive, educational, and super fun to watch and be a part of. The drive through section of Bearizona is unlike most Wildlife Parks because through your car window you can see animals such as wolves, bison, bears, and more.

 
Petting Armadillo Bearizona
 

Last week, we at Historic had the privilege of going behind the scenes at Bearizona and meeting some of the animals and taking up close photos of them in their habitats. We were even lucky enough to let some of our favorite animals play with Historic Brewing Company cans, which made for a fun experience for us, people hanging out at the exhibits, and the animals. It was awesome to get to go into some of the enclosures, get up close with the animals, and see how they interacted with a new object. Don’t worry though, we emptied the cans before they were given to the animals, the staff was close by, and the cans were removed after taking photos so the animals were just given a fun chance to get curious about what we had to share with them.

One of our favorite parts of Bearizona is the stories behind the animals that were brought to the park, and how much their trainers and all of the staff at Bearizona care for them. Two of the bear cubs that got to play with the cans and get a tasty treat of maple syrup were rescued as babies from the Pinetop area. Their mother had been fed by a human and the whole family was in danger, so the cubs were rescued and rehomed at Bearizona. The two girl cubs share a large enclosure together and are loved by everyone who comes to see them. When they’re not playing with cans of Oceanfront they love to lie around in the sun, take lots of naps, and even try to climb the trees.

 
Bear licking OFP Can
 

Bearizona is the perfect day trip from Flagstaff and makes a great destination to go to from anywhere in Arizona. It is family friendly and fun if you’re two years old or eighty-two years old. There’s something for everyone to do at the park and the staff is knowledgeable and excited to share what they know about all of the species that call Bearizona home. The park features a big restaurant with a variety of delicious items and a full bar with liquor and our own Historic beer. They also have a small outdoor grill restaurant with selected items, and a patio bar. If you haven’t made it to Bearizona yet we definitely suggest adding it to your list of go to destinations. Tell the bears we said hi!




Fenrir IPA: Inspired by the Infamous Wolf

We won’t get too geeky on you, but in Norse mythology there was a wolf so monstrous that he had to be chained up for fear of his strength and his propensity for evil. As the story goes, Fenrir broke through his chains twice, and bit the arm off of the god Tyr before he was finally chained to a rock and gagged with a sword, left to die until Doomsday. Of course a wolf as big and great as Fenrir wouldn’t go down without a fight, and as the legend goes he fought against the chief god Odin and swallowed him whole.

We tell you this whole story, because not only is it totally badass, but it’s also the inspiration behind our newest IPA. The Fenrir IPA was brewed with Styrian Wolf hops from Slovenia - hops that are extremely special and drew us in from the moment we saw the name and read the flavor notes.

The Fenrir IPA has an IBU of 70 and an ABV of 6.9% with a slightly sweet, tropical floral aroma. It is hop forward with flavors of grapefruit pith, tropical orchid, and hop spiciness. It has a delicious bitterness to it with little malt flavors because we wanted this beer to be all about the hops.

 
Hoppy beer
 

Speaking of the hops, this beer was brewed in a straightforward single mash infusion with a small amount of Nugget hops for bittering, Styrian Wolf hops for flavor, and Pale Ale and Crystal 10 malts. These unique Wolf hops were shown to Zack, our head brewer, by the awesome guys at Proximity Malt who work with Hop Head Farms and distribute this hop and many other varieties of hops. This select hops is completely different than any other we have brewed with, and Zack couldn’t wait to create a beer based around their unique flavor and aroma.

The Fenrir IPA, inspired by a wolf incredibly giant and evil, is the perfect beer for anyone who loves big hop flavors but wants something totally new and unique. This hop variety hasn’t been used in many beers before and is a first for Historic Brewing Company. This beer will be tapped at all of our locations starting December 14th, and you’re not going to want to miss this small batch, bold India Pale Ale.



Engineering Their Own Beer

Have you ever wanted to engineer your own beer? Wanted the opportunity to work with a seasoned brewer to formulate a beer that you’ve always wanted to taste? Well the folks at Civil Design and Engineering Inc. in Flagstaff got to do just that.

They knew that they wanted to make something extra special to give to their employees and their clients this year for the holidays, and that’s where we at Historic stepped in to help make that dream a reality. CDE approached us earlier this year with the proposition of brewing two distinct beers that would be made specially for them and later canned as gifts to the people in their company and their clients that work so hard all year. We knew this would be something fun and unique and we couldn’t wait to work with their team to brew something great.

Over the course of a few months we were able to help them engineer two beers that were perfect for them. Our head brewer, Zack, sat down with a few members of their team and brought them out different hops, different malts, and a few samplings of our own beers to get clear on what it is they wanted. They knew that they wanted to brew one IPA and one Porter so that narrowed it down, and from there Zack worked with them to decide on flavor characteristics, bases of the beers, and the specific taste that they were going for.

A group of employees from Civil Design and Engineering Inc. then joined us over the course of two different weekends to be a part of the brew. They worked with our Assistant Brewer, Austin, to start the brewing process and get a deeper understanding on how their beer would be made. From there the fermenting magic happened and about five weeks later their beers were kegged out into this world.

The end result was a piney, citrus IPA and a Hazelnut and Cacao Nib Porter. The IPA has an IBU of 6.6% and an ABV of 77 with a maltier base, more similar to an East Coast style IPA than some of the other IPAs that we have brewed in the past. It has Amarillo, Centennial, Columbus, and Nugget hops which all work together to create the bitter, pine, and citrus flavors that CDE wanted to achieve. This beer is malty, while still having lots of hop flavors, and different than other beers we’ve brewed in the past as it was engineered to meet the desires of CDE.

 
IPA
 

The Hazelnut and Cacao Nib Porter is a big, bold Porter, closer to an Imperial, with an ABV of 7.5% and an IBU of 14. They designed this beer after tasting Pete’s Hazy Nuts, a Hazelnut Porter we had on draft a few months ago, but we made this beer even bigger and more special by adding in more chocolate flavors with the cacao nibs and making it an Imperial with a high ABV. It’s the perfect beer for a celebration and a great way to thank the special people in their firm.

Working with a local business to create two unique and special beers was an awesome experience and something we’d love to do again. The process of engineering and designing their own beer really spoke to the team at Civil Design and Engineering Inc. and was totally up our alley as well. They now have two extraordinary gifts for their team and got to be a part of the deciding, the actual brew, and have a tasting afterward at our brewery that truly made them a part of the experience. If you’re interested in designing your own brew for your company or organization contact us at info@historicbrewingcompany.com.   



Winter Soulstice Saure: A Snow Day Beer

Looking for the perfect beer to sip on all day in between sledding in the snow, making snow angels, or shredding down the mountain? Winter Soulstice Saure makes the perfect snow day beer, whether you’re out in the cold or just watching all the fresh white powder come down while you chill in front of the fire.

Winter Soulstice Saure is this season’s Berliner Weisse - just as delicious as it’s summer cousin but brewed with a unique combination of hops. Berliner Weisse beers are traditional German wheat sours, light and flavorful enough for any time of the year. Our winter version is brewed with French Mistral hops, which are an overlooked gem when it comes to hop varieties. This flavorful and fragrant hop comes from the Alsace region of France and has aromatic notes of rose, melon, and lychee. Zack, our head brewer, had never used these hops before but he was excited about how this beer turned out and plans to use them in the future to brew a pale ale or a blonde.

 
Winter Solstice Highlight.jpg
 

This beer has an ABV of 4.6% and an IBU of 10 and was kettle soured. Winter Soulstice Saure is soft and slightly sweet, with a tart backbone. It has an aroma of fruity berries such as kiwi berries or gooseberries, and you can smell the tartness of this beer on the nose. As you sip the beer you begin to taste the soft wheat flavors, the slight rose floral notes, and the lychee and strawberry fruit flavors. It has a pleasant tartness that would appeal to even a craft brew novice or those who don’t normally drink sour beers.

We will be tapping this beer at all of our locations by the third week of December, right around the Winter Solstice, so keep your eyes out for it on the tap list. Berliner Weisse style beers are a favorite among many of us here at Historic Brewing Company and we can’t wait to share this season’s variation with you.



How Do I “Brew With Us” Too?

So by now you’ve seen the blogs, and you’ve hopefully tasted some of the awesome beers that we’re brewed with different charities, businesses, and groups of people using our “Brew With Us” program. Which has definitely had you wondering - “how the heck do I brew my own beer with Historic too?”

Well lucky for you, we’re going to give you all the details on how this program works, why it’s so awesome, and how you too can help brew your own beer on a large scale with Historic Brewing Company.

The Brew With Us program started because we wanted to collaborate on delicious beers with our customers and other organizations that weren’t just other breweries, and it’s grown into one of our favorite programs as a company. Each year we work with between 20-25 different groups of people to create small batch brews that are as unique as they are. The process starts with individual groups of up to 5 people working closely with our brewers to figure out a beer style that will work for their brew day and that everyone will enjoy. Once this is decided upon and a date for brewing is set, the group gets to spend all day at the brewery learning the ins and out of the brewing process.

 
Brew With Us Group
 

They not only learn exactly how their unique beer is created and the many steps involved in creating such tasty brews, but they also get to expand their beer knowledge on multiple different styles and see behind the scenes of what a brewers day looks like. During their brewing day, these groups also get to enjoy complimentary beer samplings, and lunch via a $50 gift card to use at either our food truck or our Downtown Flagstaff restaurant. It’s a day filled with lots of laughs, a bunch of awesome beer, and a great experience to expand your knowledge about beer and brewing.

Once your speciality beer is done, your group will receive twelve 32 oz crowlers of your brewed beer to take home and share with your friends and family. Your beer will also be tapped at all of our locations in town so that you can enjoy it while out, and have the ultimate bragging rights with all of your friends. Brew With Us makes a great gift for yourself or any beer lover in your life, and spots for this program fill up fast so make sure you get your spot today.