Tuesday, January 15, 2013

NABC's contingent for Gravity Head 2013: Return of the Living Gravity Dead.

01/31 Update: Full program listings added

03/05 Update: Now with Jaxon and Quadageddon added! 

For Gravity Head 2013, NABC will have three even more elderly 2012 festival returnees ...

NABC IX — Ninth Anniversary Ale (2010) 9%
NABC/De Struise/LBS B’Urban Trotter (2011) 9.2%
NABC/O'Fallon/Schlafly C2 Collaboration Ale (2010) 10.7%

 ... and three from last year's 10th Anniversary Bygoner Series:

Bourbondaddy (2012) ...Imperial Chocolate Milk Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged) 9.5%
Stumble Bus (2012) ... American Strong Ale 11.2%
Turbo Hog (2012) ... Malt Liquor 9.5%

Expect to see all of these on Friday, March 8, alongside classics from Founders and Flat12. Here are the full program listings.


NABC/De Struise/LBS
B’Urban Trotter (2011)
New Albanian Brewing Company
New Albany IN
De Struise Brouwers
Oostvleteren BELGIUM
Louisville Beer Store
Louisville KY (retailer)
Malts: Rahr 2-Row, Weyermann
Bohemian Pilsner, Castle Biscuit, Simpsons Medium Crystal
Hops: Cascade (mash, dry), Summit (first wort), Summit (bittering), Chinook (bittering, flavor, dry), Northern Brewer (flavor), Simcoe (dry)
Special additions: Vanilla beans and honey were added during the whirlpool.
Yeast: American (Chico) Ale
Bitterness: 208 IBUs
OG: 21 degrees Plato
ABV: 9.2%


Gravity Head Twist: If the Kentucky Derby is the greatest two minutes in sports, then B’Urban Trotter is the finest few moments of sipping, because what better place for a brewer/ostrich rancher from Flanders to seek inspiration than Louisville’s annual Run for the Roses? With collaborative assistance from NABC and Louisville Beer Store, De Struise’s Urbain Coutteau created this “Derbied” Double India Pale Ale to be dry-hopped and bourbon/oak aged, with a phantom suggestion of mint for the home stretch.


NABC IX — Ninth Anniversary Ale (2010)
New Albanian Brewing Company
New Albany IN
Base style: Smoked Oatmeal Stout
Malts: Rahr 2-row, Weyermann Smoked (Beechwood), Briess Chocolate, Briess Roasted Barley, Simpsons Chocolate, Briess Aromatic, Briess Smoked Malt (Cherry), Castle Special B, Flaked Oats
Hops: Northern Brewer (Mash), Northern Brewer (First Wort), Northern Brewer (@60min)
Yeast: House ale
Bitterness: 50 IBUs
Alcohol by volume: Circa 9% 


Gravity Head Twist: A chocolate malt-heavy oatmeal stout with two types of smoked malt, brewed in 2010 by former NABC brewmaster Jared Williamson, and then set aside to rest in Port barrels formerly used to age C2 (Smoked Belgian Dark Strong), the latter to be found elsewhere in this compendium. For the record, the actual NABC brewery anniversary date is October 25 (2002).

NABC Bourbondaddy (2012)
New Albanian Brewing Company
New Albany IN
Base style: Imperial Chocolate Milk Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged)
Malts: Rahr Pale, Simpson Chocolate and Roast Barley, Patagonia Especial, (+ flaked oats)
Sugar: Milk (lactose)
Hops: Challenger
Special: Raisins and cocoa added to mash, cacao nibs in the kettle, and "Dry Nibbed" in the bright for two months prior to filling barrels
Yeast: House Ale
Bitterness: 18 IBUs
OG: 20 degrees Plato
ABV: 9.5%


Gravity Head Twist: “Go forth and proceed” … The first batches of Bourbondaddy appeared in 2003 and 2004. The 10th anniversary revival version began life as an Imperial Chocolate Mik Stout, and then was racked into Angel's Envy barrels for four months’ aging. Part of NABC’s (the brewery) 10th Anniversary Bygoner Series, brewed to celebrate NABC’s (the company) 25th anniversary in 2012.


NABC/O'Fallon/Schlafly C2 Collaboration Ale (2010)
New Albanian Brewing Company
New Albany IN
O’Fallon Brewery
O’Fallon MO
The Saint Louis Brewery (Schlafly)
St. Louis MO
Say what? Smoked Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Malts: Castle Pale, Weyermann Rauch, Castle Biscuit, Briess Smoke, Castle Aromatic, Castle Special B
Adjuncts: Belgian dark candi sugar, Brewer’s Crystal, Molasses
Mash Hops: Mt Hood, Crystal
Kettle Hops: Magnum, Slovenian Celeia
Bitterness: 20 IBUs
Original Gravity: 1097
Alcohol by volume: 10.7%


Gravity Head Twist: “C2 was split into various wine casks for aging. Two of the wine casks are Missouri-built, and spent five years in Napa Valley aging Silver Oak Cabernet. The other two wine casks are Kentucky-built and have been at the Huber Winery in Southern Indiana aging various Ports for the last 12 years. Once fresh fig season arrived in September 2010, a portion of figs were smoked and then the figs were split up and added to one of each of the two varietals of wine casks. The barrels were aged eight months total, and the batch was blended back together in early January 2011.” - Jared Williamson, formerly of NABC, now brewing at Schlafly.

NABC Stumble Bus (2012)
New Albanian Brewing Company
New Albany IN
Say what? American Strong Ale
Malts: Rahr Pale, Weyermann Vienna, Simpson Medium Crystal, light malt extract
Hops: A delicate mix of Galena, Cascade and Golding
Yeast: House American Ale
Bitterness: 126 IBUs
OG: 25 degrees Plato
ABV: 11.2%


Gravity Head Twist: Fall Off the Bus … Along with Bourbondaddy, Stumble Bus is the most fondly remembered seasonal ale brewed by NABC’s founding brewer, Michael Borchers. Was it Imperial IPA, or was it Barleywine? What is it now? It’s not the destination; it’s the journey. Part of NABC’s (the brewery) 10th Anniversary Bygoner Series, brewed to celebrate NABC’s 25th company anniversary in 2012.

NABC Turbo Hog (2012)
New Albanian Brewing Company
New Albany IN
Say what? Malt Liquor
Malts: Rahr Pale, flaked maize
Sugar: White table sugar
Hops: Hallertau Magnum and Tettnanger, Czech Saaz (4 late kettle additions and dry hops)
Yeast: House Ale
Bitterness: 86 IBUs
OG: 20 degrees Plato
ABV: 9.5%


Gravity Head Twist: The finest malt liquor yet devised by man … First came Bush Hog, and then its logical culmination, Turbo Hog (sans paper bags). Augmented with corn, boosted in strength, and refashioned as a malt liquor, it was a briefly invigorating experiment. Boss Hog was planned, but never brewed. Part of NABC’s (the brewery) 10th Anniversary Bygoner Series, brewed to celebrate NABC’s  25th company anniversary in 2012.

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