More from Chuckanut Down Under
Gidday Mates! Things are going great down here in Melbourne, Australia. It's been decided that "Thunder Nuts" will be the overall name of the collaboration beers between Chuckanut and Thunder Road! We got the chance to taste the Cologne Kolsch Ale a day after we arrived and were happily rewarded with a clean, bright beer with more hop presence than Chuckanut's due to the use of a unique Australian hop. Yesterday we tasted the freshly kegged Bamberg Smoked Lager and loved it! The standard Thunder Road beers are beautiful, sparkling, and delicious, just what we had hoped they would be. Traveling around to various small to really large breweries has been fun but so far our favorite beers have to be Thunder Road's. The weather is gorgeous and we feel bad for all of you back in the north. We actually got in a swim and lots of nature viewing including Kangaroos, Kookaburas, Rosellas, and a lonesome, adorable Koala!
This week we will take a few days to head north to the hop fields outside of Melbourne. We're excited to see the countryside where hops are grown in Australia and how it might differ from what we have in the great northwest and other parts of the hop-growing world. Today we plan a blind tasting of Chuckanut Kolsch next to Thunder Nuts Cologne Kolsch Ale and Chuckanut Rauch side by side with Thunder Nuts Bamberg Smoked Lager. Should be interesting and delicious because all of them are tasty, thirst quenching beers, very helpful in the heat of summer down under!
Chuckanut Collaborates with Australian Brewery
Mari and Will Kemper, owners of Chuckanut Brewery will be heading down under for a couple weeks in February! For the first time in Chuckanut history Chuckanut brewmaster Will Kemper will be collaborating internationally with the great folks at Thunder Road Brewing Company in Melbourne, Australia. Craft brew history as we know it is about to experience the first digital beer gone physical with the collaboration of two different beers designed online between Will and Thunder Road Master Brewer Colin Paige!
For years Brewmaster Will Kemper and Chuckanut beers have inspired Thunder Road Brewing Company to focus on quality, innovation and balanced, yet flavorsome beers. Over the last few weeks we've been working together with our brother brewery Thunder Road to develop 4 different collaboration beers. These 4 beers will presented at the “Summer Invitational International Collaboration Brew Series” in February, with Thunder Road’s Master Brewer Colin Paige and Senior Brewer Marcus Cox. The two digital collaboration beers will be tapped and the other two will be brewed while the Kempers are visiting. During this time in Melbourne, Will and Mari will also visit hop fields in the area and experience other craft beers available only in Australia.
The four beers being brewed are: Kolsch with Australian hops, Rauchbier using some Australian malts, Maibock, the lighter colored traditional bock, and a New World Golden Ale using a new breed of Australian hops! The Australian Kolsch and Rauch are the product of online communications between Will Kemper and Colin Paige. Stay tuned for future blogs from Mari while they are visiting down under!
Head Brewer Bryan Heads to the VLB
Our head Brewer, Bryan Cardwell is getting ready to head over to Europe to study at the prestigious VLB in Berlin. Chuckanut is helping to sponsor him in his continuous education as a brewer because we believe education is a very important part of brewing great beer! Bryan will head out to Germany in January and take a brief tour of some of the best breweries in the world. He'll travel to Koln, Dusseldorf, Heidelberg, Munich, and Bamberg before he ends up to Berlin and start his 6 month program for brewers. Of course while he's in Europe he'll take trips to visit other breweries including our brother brewery outside of London in Marlow, England. Rebellion Brewery will host Bryan for a couple of days of brewing. Here at Chuckanut we'll host Rebellion's head brewer Ed for awhile and each of the brewers will get a chance to see the workings of their brother breweries! We know when Bryan returns in July he'll have lots of great ideas for making more exceptional Chuckanut beers!
And while Bryan is away our brewer Michael Toomes will take the helm to keep things abrewin' here at Chuckanut! If you'd like to join us in wishing Bryan a Bon Voyage come on down to the Chuckanut Brewers Night at the Copper Hog in Bellingham December 12 from 6-9pm!
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