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All About That Beer: Milkshake

We know that milkshakes bring all the boys to the yard so, we got thinking. What if we bring a Milkshake Kettle Sour Double Dry Hop IPA to the brewery? And that is just what we did! Come to the brewery today to try one for yourself!

Where does the name Milkshake come from?

Justin: Kind of on the nose and lazy with this one. The full description for this beer is “kettle sour double dry hop IPA with lactose and vanilla.” Milkshake IPAs are a specialty style of IPA that uses lactose and vanilla. So… we just named it Milkshake because there were already too many words on the can. 

Brian: Some foolish humans decided to become a Soda Jerk, and they were screwing around late one night and decided to mix ice cream with milk and some malt powder and some other stuff. We decided to funk it up with some sour beer.

Describe this style of beer:

Justin: Sour beers in the most simple terms is a beer that has been acidified. Usually, this is done through a long process involving the interaction of bacteria cultures like Lactobacillus (think yogurt), Peddiococus, and yeast strains from the Brettanomyces family. This can contribute to complex flavors in a variety of forms, but takes a significant amount of time and creates some risk for breweries that brew non-sour beers. Kettle souring is a specific technique that creates a sour beer in a shorter amount of time and doesn’t have the risk of crossing over in a brewhouse to the non-sour beers. The flavors are usually less complicated and focus more on the sour-candy like flavors (think sour patch) but can be blended with other hops and characters to create unique new flavors.

That’s what we’re after with our sour kettle program. We need to make this clear that our sours are kettle soured; they are not mixed cultures. One because we don’t want to mislead (a common problem is not being clear distinguishing the two), and two, because we want to show off just how complex, amazing, and unique kettle sours can be.

Brian: Sour beer, lactose powder, and some vanilla bean all jammed together In a 12oz can. No secret ingredients in this one, but do you want to hear a secret about Justin? I thought so. Justin changes his outfit at noon every day. You’ve never noticed because he has two identical sets of each outfit that he owns.

Describe its unique flavor:

Justin: The blend of acidity and fruity hops is something that shouldn’t work when you think about each flavor individually, but when balanced, it creates a beautiful, magnificent symphony of flavors that enhance each other rather than clash. The lactose and vanilla are admittedly subtle in this beer but serve to keep everything softened and blend.

Brian: You ever take some warheads, suck on them, then spit them out and then take a sip of A milkshake and then take a sip of beer? Me either. Sounds time-consuming. Today’s beer drinker is busy and wants to save time, so we jammed it all together for you. You’re welcome.

Was there anything memorable or funny that happened during production? Interesting quotes or “accidents”?

 Justin: Nope. Just lots of wide eyes and staring at each other in wonder. I can say we drank more of this beer unfinished than probably any other beer we’ve done. 

Brian: Accidents aren’t funny. We never have accidents of any kind here at Hop & Barrel. And if we did, I would never tell.

If you could pair this beer with food from a place around town, what would it be?

Justin: The strawberry, peach, and goat cheese salad at Lolo’s. Any other citrus style salad or aromatic cheese-based food would pair wonderfully as well.

Brian: I would pair this with movie theater candy from Hudson 12, which serves delicious Hop & Barrel beer. You can sit in those comfy leather recliners, drink a Hop & Barrel beer, and then fall asleep 25 minutes into the movie just like I do!!

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