The seemingly endless winter of 2013-2014 has finally begun to end. Signs of spring are popping up all over the farm. Birds we haven’t seen in months have returned, the dogwoods are in bloom and the hops have begun to shoot out of the ground. All of these things mean we are about to get a heck of a lot busier.
We have some pretty fantastic farm plans for 2014, so we can continue to add to our Estate Series of Craft Beers. The Estate Series is our attempt to bring terroir into craft beer. Terroir is loosely defined as a “taste of place”, meaning that the specific environment, geography and growing conditions of agricultural products lead to specific, one of a kind flavors. Many of you have tried our first two Estate Series Beers: Gentleman Farmer Fresh Hop Ale and Pumpkin Ain’t Easy Belgian Style Pumpkin Ale. Both of these beers featured fresh ingredients grown on the farm by the same people that brewed the beer.
We are continuing to brew up more innovative products with ingredients grown right here on the farm. Without giving too much away, here’s what we’ve been up to this week:
Planted a new herb garden
Planted 30 + fig trees
Maintained the 13 + acres of barley
Fixed the gravel road leading to the brewery and parking lot
Later this week: Putting in 500 more hop rhizomes
And if all that weren’t enough we also put our unnamed Belgian Style Quad into the Nicaraguan Rum Barrels and are going to brew another gigantic beer – Think of the Biggest IPA you’ve ever had and you’ll be in the ballpark.
We’re looking forward to showing everybody what we’ve been up to this weekend at the 4 Pillars DIPA Release and Earth Day Celebration.