This will be Part Two of my "Who The Hell Let Tom Into The Brewery" event. I travel the world to brew out-of-the-ordinary beers for my pleasure. I’m very proud of all these beers & hope that you enjoy them as much as I do.
I'll be featuring seven beers that I helped to brew or develop the recipe for:
Allagash PNC Broken Elevator (Maine) I helped brew this in 2010 and returned to Maine in 2013 to help Jason select the blending barrels for this unique sour ale. The “Broken Elevator” name came from Rob Tod & Jason Perkins. A “few” of us were riding an elevator in Denver’s Brown Palace Hotel during the Great American Beer Festival. The elevator stopped and we rang for assistance. The expression on the maintenance guy’s face was hilarious…his eyes almost popped out of his head while he surveyed the scene inside that little elevator car. He points to the “Maximum Load” placard on the wall – it indicated a maximum of 6 people. He snarled “can’t you guys read”. I chimed in with “Sure, we can read, it’s the counting that gives us trouble” We had over a dozen big beer guys in that tiny elevator car. DRAFT
Brouwerij DeMolen Rook & Leer “Smoke & Leather” (Netherlands) Imperial Smoked Stout brewed with beechwood smoked malt. Aged with brettanomyces for 12 months in Lagavulin barrels. Then Rosalare yeast was added and aging continued for an additional 6 months. DRAFT
Brouwerij DeProef Broederlijke Liefde “Brotherly Love” (Belgium) This was the first Philly Beer Week/Belgian Brewer Collaboration ale. This Philly/Belgian collaboration idea was hatched by Don Russel, my fellow co-founder of Philly Beer Week. We decided on a Saison with brettanomyces. This beer is tasting outstanding right now. Brian O'Reilly of Sly Fox was the local collaborating brewer. BOTTLE
Brasserie Dupont Spéciale Belge (Belgium) This was the second PBW/Belgian Brewer collaboration. This was the first time that Brasserie Dupont collaborated on a beer. It was truly an honor to brew at such an iconic, family-owned brewery. Chris LaPierre of Iron Hill was the local collaborating brewer. BOTTLE
Dock Street Brewery Trappiste Pale (Philly) Scott Morrison, now of Barren Hill Brewpub, George Hummel, of Home Sweet Homebrew, and I hatched the idea for this beer while enjoying a few bottles of Orval. This is an über dry Belgian Pale Ale which has aged for just over a year at the brewery. DRAFT
Brouwerij Dilewyns Philly Tripel (Belgium) This is the fourth PBW/Belgian Brewer collaboration. Justin, William Reed, of Standard Tap fame and former professional brewer, and I tossed around ideas for this one while enjoying a few bottles Anne-Catherine Dilewyns beers. We wanted to honor what the brewer brews, yet inject a little Philly into the recipe. We decided on adding some Philly honey to a version of her Triple. Justin Low of Dock Street was the local collaborating brewer. DRAFT
Firestone Walker PNC Imperial Buckwheat Stout (California) Matt Bryndylson has won so many medals at beer events that he makes Phelps look like an amateur swimmer. David Walker & Matt agreed to brew a special beer for our PNC crew, so we all met in Paso Robles, California for some winery visits, some good food and great brewery hospitality. We decided to make a huge, imperial stout, but with the twist of adding buckwheat. That was a chewy wort. Matt aged the beer for one year in freshly obtained tequila barrels. Taste for yourself, but we think this beer is stunning! DRAFT
I'm also hoping to have another one or two beers if they are ready to serve by June 7th.