Belgian Beer: It’s in the Yeast

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Brewery visitors are frequently asking what makes a Belgian-style beer a Belgian-style beer. We think the answer is simple: it’s in the yeast.

Belgian yeasts are ale yeasts, (Saccharomyces cerevisiae), that generally leave beers dry, with lots of phenols and esters. Phenols and esters are chemical compounds that give the beer a complex bouquet of flavors, often fruity, spicy, and/or earthy. Most phenols and esters are produced during fermentation, while the yeast is metabolizing the sugars in the beer. Fermentation temperatures have a large impact on the intensity and diversity of phenols and esters, and that’s where good brewers are separated from great brewers. Belgian yeasts are dynamic, and require constant attention, like babies.

At Adelbert’s we use three yeast blends to make all of our beers:

Trappist–Tripel B, Flyin’ Monks, Dancin’ Monks, Black Rhino
Ardennes–Scratchin’ Hippo, Travelin’ Man
Wit/Saison blend–Naked Nun, Philosophizer

The Trappist yeast puts off a massive range of fruity flavors, and is pretty difficult to work with because the yeast stays in suspension longer than other strains, which clouds the beer. Because our beers are not filtered or centrifuged, we let them sit in the tanks longer than most other breweries. This allows most of the yeast to settle out at the bottom of the fermenter; however, some stays in the beer, which adds flavor, and helps with bottle conditioning.

The Wit/Saison blend brings forward notes of spices, with a mild tartness.

The Ardennes is the cleanest of the three, and probably the least recognizable because it tends to play up the flavors of the malt and hops more than it introduces flavors of its own. In the Travelin’ Man, the yeast pushes the floral side of the hops, cutting some of the bitterness without neutralizing the hop character completely. In Scratching hippo, it plays up the malt profile.

We take very good care of our yeast, and often use a strain for many generations before having to refresh with a new pitch. When a beer is finished with its primary fermentation, we pull yeast from the bottom of the conical fermenter, and put it into our propagator, where fresh wort is introduced, and the yeast colony is grown to be pitched into a fresh batch the following day.

Our beers are proof that if you take care of yeast, it will take good care of you.

Press Release: Adelbert’s Brewery Releases Tripel Treat, a Rum Barrel Aged Tripel

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Tripel Treat
January 22, 2015 – AUSTIN – Adelbert’s Brewery is excited to announce the release of Tripel Treat, a rum barrel aged tripel. Tripel Treat is the newest beer in our Vintage Series, a line of beers aged in barrels. To date, we have aged our ales in wine, whiskey, gin and now, rum barrels.

Tripel Treat is an 11.7% barrel aged beer, made by aging Adelbert’s Tripel B in Treaty Oak’s Barrel Reserve Rum barrels. This ale has an exquisite balance of warming rum notes, soft coconut and smooth oak, with a surprisingly fruity nose.

“I enjoy working with Treaty Oak’s barrels to make new and innovative combinations of barrel aged beers. In some ways, bourbon barrel aging has been overdone, so it’s nice to offer something unique to consumers,” Scott Hovey, Founder of Adelbert’s Brewery stated. “We were excited to find that the Rum barrels really made the vanilla notes pop in ways that other barrels don’t. This beer has a complexity you’ll want to explore.”

Tripel Treat will hit the market in the last week of January. Approximately 110 cases will be distributed throughout Austin, Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio. In light of the limited supply, the brewery will be posting a list of accounts receiving Tripel Treat on their social media as it is delivered to each market. The brewery hopes to release future batches of Tripel Treat.

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. Visit www.adelbertsbeer.com to learn more.

To stay up to date on brewery information, connect with them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/adelbertsbeer or follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/adelbertsbeer.

CLOSED – Job Opening: Austin On Premise Account Manager and Marketing Support

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WE HAVE CLOSED THIS POSITION AND ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICANTS. THANK YOU!

This position is for the Austin-area.

On Premise Account Manager Duties
• Maintain sales and customer service with existing on premise accounts and identify/execute opportunities to grow sales
• Pro-actively identify, resource and maximize new business opportunities with new accounts.
• Develop strategic outreach plans for targeted accounts
• Provide line cleaning services to on premise accounts as needed
• Assist in the delivery of goods and/or coordination of deliveries with others on the team
• Educate accounts on product offerings
• Investigates and resolves customer complaints in accordance with company policy.
• Keeps information on competitive products, promotional matters, sales techniques, pricing and marketing policies. Informs company of competitive activity and conditions that would affect company interests.
• Job duties include working nights and weekends on promotional activities and other account activities.
• Take customer orders and enter into Quickbooks

Marketing Duties
• Assist in brewery promotional events
• Schedule and manage in-store tastings for on and off premise accounts
• Provide insight into marketing material needs of customers
• Assist with on and off premise merchandising as needed

Job Requirements
• Experience within the beer industry, preferably in sales or on premise account purchasing
• Ability to lift, move and deliver kegs up to approximately 170 lbs
• Demonstrated ability to effectively manage customer relationships
• Highly motivated, self-starter who thrives in an entrepreneurial environment
• Strong negotiation skills
• Extremely detail oriented
• Excellent presentation and communication skills

Compensation
• Monthly base plus commission
• Healthcare and retirement benefits available
• Free beer!

Please send applications to jobs@adelbertsbeer.com.

Press Release: Adelbert’s Brewery to Release First Texas Made Bière Brut

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October 28, 2014 – AUSTIN – Adelbert’s Brewery, a Belgian-style brewery based in Austin Texas, is proud to announce the release of its newest beer, Sundowner, a Bière Brut. Adelbert’s will be the first Texas brewery to produce this style and only ninth in the US to make this highly effervescent, champagne-like beer.

Bière Bruts (also known as Bière de Champagne), which are primarily made in Belgium, traditionally undergo a lengthy maturation period. In keeping with this tradition Adelbert’s will have bottle conditioned Sundowner for three months prior to its release.

“Since our founding, we have sought to create traditional Belgian-inspired ales,” said Scott Hovey, Adelbert’s Founder and Brewmaster. “We are excited to not only be introducing a style that is rarely produced internationally, but to be the first Texas brewery to produce it. We look forward to introducing Texans to this style and eventually the other markets we distribute to as well.”

Sundowner is a blend of the spicy, fruity notes of a Belgian ale balanced with the mouthfeel and body of a sparkling wine. Brewed with champagne yeast, this effervescent ale possesses hints of white grape and green apple with a crisp, bone dry finish.

Sundowner will begin distribution in early November across Texas. Currently, this beer is slated for limited production. However, the brewery may consider more frequent production if it is well received by the market.

“We planned the release of this beer just in time for the holidays,” said Sarah Haney, General Manager of Adelbert’s. “It is our hope that this crossover style will give beer lovers and non-beer fans something to enjoy together. Plus it’s the perfect New Year’s drink for craft beer fans!”

In addition to pairing it with your favorite holiday meal, the brewery recommends pairing it with fresh oysters, crab cakes or goat cheese. Adelbert’s recommends serving it similarly to the way one would serve champagne; between 45-55 degrees in a flute glass.

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.

Sundowner

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