A New School Saison: Hops-on Deck

It’s time for another small-batch beer release! This time in the form of a Hoppy Saison that is full of spicy Saison flavor and extra hops to keep it interesting. Hops-on Deck was brewed for anyone who wants a Belgium style beer fix, but is also a secret hop head. It’s a new school Saison that will have you wishing that we had brewed a bigger batch so that you could enjoy it for even longer. 

Hops-on Deck has an ABV of 7.3% and an IBU of 30. This beer smells spicy on the nose, which fades into more floral notes and finishes with tropical mango aromas. It is straw in color and has a lot of the traditional Saison beer qualities in both the aroma and the flavor. When you taste this beer you immediately notice the spiciness that Saisons are known for, which comes from the unique yeast that is used to brew this style of beer. There are also subtle notes of citrus and mango, and the beer has a decent bitterness from the addition of the extra hops. Hops-on Deck also has a dry quality to it that is common in traditional Saisons. 

Sampling Hops-On Deck

This style of beer is one of Zack’s, our Head Brewer, favorite styles and so he wanted to create one for everyone to enjoy. It was brewed with more hops than you’d typically find in a Saison but that was done to create even more depth of flavor and an extra amount of bitterness within the beer. Hops-on Deck was brewed with Pilsner and Wheat malts, and Hercules hops for bittering and Loral hops for finishing. This beer will be released by August 6th at our Flagstaff locations, but since it is a small batch we can’t promise that it will even last the whole month of August. Come try this new school Saison for yourself, and see what the addition of some extra hops does to transform this traditional style of beer.

The Perfect Pair: Beer & Food

We all know beer and food go well together, or else why would fries taste even better when eaten with your favorite beer... But do you know what foods work best with each style of beer and how to perfectly pair your favorite brew to food so that you optimize the taste of both?  

While beer pairing is more of an art than a science, we thought we’d break it down for you a little bit and even show you how we would pair some of our favorite Historic beers to food so that you can do it at home too. Who knows, maybe you’ll learn a thing or two and be able to show off your beer and food pairing skills next time you’re out with friends or trying to impress your cute date. 

The Basics:

When thinking about beer and food pairing you’re going to want to consider a few things - the style of beer, the hop quality of the beer, certain flavor notes to the beer, and then the style of food, its heaviness, and its spice or sweetness. As a general rule of thumb we want our flavors to compliment one another and help enhance the experience of both, but it isn’t always as simple as pairing a chocolate cake with a roasty, chocolate Porter. For instance, spicy food and IPAs generally go really well together, not because you’d immediately think their flavors compliment one another, but because the hop bitterness helps to enhance the spices in the dish and illuminate their rich flavor qualities. Pairing a heavier beer with a heavier food is also a good rule of thumb, and vice versa with lighter foods and lighter beers. Again, this is an art and not a science so it may take some time to really get good at pairing your food and beer, but below is a guide to how we would pair our favorite Historic Brewing Company beers to food. Use this guide as a starting point to explore how you would want to pair some of your favorite beers and styles, and then go from there!

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The Guide:

-Piehole Porter: Our signature Cherry Vanilla Porter, although more medium bodied, is still a darker heavier beer and thus should be paired with something heavier in nature. The sweetness of this beer goes well with BBQ beef or pork, or even a BBQ Pizza. Piehole Porter is also delicious paired with something sweet like chocolate cake, fudge, or a brownie.

-Oceanfront Property Lager: One of our lighter offerings, Oceanfront Property Lager, is crisp and easy to drink and pairs well with lighter dishes such as fish, chicken, and salad. We also think it pairs great with tacos, and other lighter Mexican fare. If you’re craving something sweet with your Oceanfront though, pair this light lager with a Key Lime Pie, Lemon Bar, or a Shortbread Cookie. 

-Spare Moment IPA: This India Pale Ale has notes of melon and tropical fruit with a great bitterness to it. We suggest pairing this hopped ale with something spicy - perhaps a good Thai or Indian Curry, or a heavily spiced Chili. You could also pair Spare Moment with a dessert like Carrot Cake or a Rice Pudding to bring out those deep, rich flavors as well. 

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.