QG & Key Brewing Collaboration

 
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The QG recently visited our friends at Key Brewing for a tour, a few brews, and to witness the early production of the new QG/Key New England Style IPA. 

 
 
 Craig, Rusty, Brendan, and Jeff with Ray one of the founders of Key.

Craig, Rusty, Brendan, and Jeff with Ray one of the founders of Key.

 Brewer Earl telling us about our beer in the making.

Brewer Earl telling us about our beer in the making.

 

For those of you who haven't heard of Key Brewing and have yet to try a Helles Lager, On Point Ale, or my own personal favorite Rye Porter, here is a little about them.

Key Brewing Co. gets its name from the author of our national anthem Francis Scott Key and was founded by two old friends with decades of brewing experience and a love of the craft.  They set out to share their passion for beer with their neighbors and anyone with an empty glass.   

Key Brewing, like The QG, takes a thoughtful straightforward approach to the traditions of their craft.

 
 Craig Martin adding hops to our mixture.

Craig Martin adding hops to our mixture.

 "Stirring the pot"

"Stirring the pot"

 

A New England style I.P.A. is a departure from the familiar west cost style which is clear, dry, and bitter. Instead it is intentionally hazy or cloudy to impart a smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel. It has little to no hop bitterness and its typically New England style utilizes hops that create a sweet tropical flavor.

 Craig rolling up his sleeve in prep to add the live yeast.

Craig rolling up his sleeve in prep to add the live yeast.

 Canister of live yeast. 

Canister of live yeast. 

 Adding the yeast to our New England style IPA

Adding the yeast to our New England style IPA

QG's founder Craig Martin was given the honor of becoming the official brewer of our New England style IPA when he poured in the custom blend of hops which contained Galaxy, Enigma, and Calypso. Live yeast is then introduced, which consumes the glucose in the mixture and converts it to ethanol. This process adds the alcohol content to the beer as well as carbonates it.

This trip was a great learning experience and I look forward to having many many more of Key Brewing Co.'s craft brews in the future!


Make sure to keep an eye on our taps at CLOCK RESTORATION because the finished product will be finding its way to us in a couple of weeks!

As it stands we have yet to choose a name for our new QG beer so in the comments below leave your suggestions!