Getting to Know Taylor, Adelbert’s Head Brewer

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Taylor through the Lauter Glass

Taylor, the head brewer here at Adelbert’s, is someone worth knowing. He’s an excellent brewer, and an excellent human, with a diverse set of skills and experiences. He has a way of making life enjoyable for the people around him—aside from, of course, providing great beer for them to drink. His beer journey started early, at the age of thirteen, when he and his Belgian friend would steal beers from his friend’s father. He began home brewing in college, where he studied finance. For a while after school he worked in day-trading, and eventually settled into a job at Apple. It was during this time that he really delved into brewing and honed in on some skills. He began to volunteer at Adelbert’s in 2011, and worked his way into his current role.

The projects he works on for Oddwood ales are mostly barrel-related, and unconventional even for barrel-work. His beers are barrel fermented, not simply barrel aged.

He is soon to be married, and is really excited about the new chapter in his life. Brewing is very strenuous work, and can easily swallow a man, which is one reason he finds his relationship with his fiancé to be so important in his life; it brings forth balance. Like any artist, he finds inspiration for his work in all the other areas of his life. For Taylor, the main ones are travel and relationship.

Some advice for homebrewers and anyone who is considering the industry: Dry hop under pressure, spend as much on your cold side as you do on your hot side, and find a brewery that makes the beer you like to drink, and that is full of the people you enjoy. Brewing is really hard work, so don’t bother doing it somewhere you don’t want to be.

Adelbert’s Brewery Releases Pablo’s Pale Ale

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Pablos Pic
May 6, 2015 – AUSTIN – Adelbert’s Brewery, a Belgian-style brewery based in Austin Texas, is proud to announce the release of its newest beer, Pablo’s Pale Ale. This draught-only beer will be available across Texas starting early May.

Pablo’s Pale Ale is a clean, light bodied and hoppy Belgian-style pale ale. Loosely inspired by the hop forward blonde ales found throughout Belgium, it is brewed with a unique blend of new world German and Czech hops.

Adelbert’s owner and brewmaster, Scott Hovey, noted, “We like to brew the beer we like to drink, which is why we brewed this easy drinking pale ale for the summer. We can’t wait to share this new one with everyone.”

In keeping with the Adelbert’s tradition, the ale is named in honor of the brewery’s namesake, George Adelbert Hovey. This beer is named after of his son, Pablo. Del was a loving and involved father. He enjoyed coaching his children’s soccer games and taking them on fishing trips.

The brewery recommends pairing it with feta, grilled fish or spicy dishes.

About Adelbert’s Brewery:
Based in Austin, Texas, Adelbert’s Brewery is committed to brewing Belgian-style, bottle-conditioned ales for people to seek, savor, and share with others. Adelbert’s uses Bohemian old-world floor malted barley, low alpha Noble Czech hops, fresh yeast propagated at the brewery, and a multi-temperature decoction mash technique. The brewery believes quality beers require quality ingredients and a painstaking attention to detail throughout the brewing process. Learn more at www.adelbertsbeer.com

Barrels, Barrels, Barrels

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What happens in a barrel? Generally speaking, the beers we fill barrels with are already finished with their primary fermentations. This means that the yeast has gone about its usual business in one of our conical fermentors, and instead of being packaged in a bottle or keg, we transfer the beer into a barrel. Here it sits for months, sometimes years, and takes on a completely new profile. At Adelbert’s, we utilize different types of barrels for different beers.

Spirits barrels
We have friends at Treaty Oak Distilling Co., who have been kind enough to share their spent barrels with us. We’ve aged Philosophizer, our Saison, in Gin barrels, our Tripel in Rum barrels, and our seasonal stout, Barrel of Love in bourbon barrels. These beers sit for around six months, absorbing the flavors of the spirit, along with notes of oak.

Red wine barrels
In the barrel, “bugs,” or the bacterias Pediococcus and Lactobacillus slowly work their way into the beer, giving it tart, sour notes. A rampant type of yeast called Brettanomyces also makes its way into the beer, sometimes metabolizing even sugars from the barrel itself. As it tears through fermentables, it also produces a range of flavors, sometimes reminiscent of a barnyard, or horse-blanket. In the wine world, people do what they can to avoid these “bugs,” but we do what we can to make them feel welcome. By brewing beers with lower IBUs, we can cultivate environments for these bugs to flourish and thrive.

We have conducted a few spontaneous fermentations as well. This means we take fresh wort, and instead of pitching yeast into it, we let it sit out overnight in a barrel, then close it up for two years. Over the two years, the wild yeasts from the air and barrel slowly grow into colonies and ferment the beer. The result is a plethora of flavors, a wild beer. Where the average beer is a showcase of one or two strains of yeast, these wild beers can have far more yeasts and bacterias at play.

Barrels are an old tradition. Beers were fermented in barrels long before stainless steel fermenters were around, and they remain because they offer flavors and a
mysticism that can’t be achieved any other way. In a sense, barrels are both a thing of the past and of the future, and at Adelbert’s we’re thrilled to use them in the present.

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