What’s that now? You’ve never heard of an Eupen lager? That’s because we just invented it. Maybe. Who knows?  The point is we’ve never heard of one either and we have a bonified Belgian on our team. Eupen is the German area of eastern Belgium and this is what a lager would look like if it was born there. Excerpt from the world according to Garp Townsite Brewing.

Fun fact: the ‘battle of the bulge’ started not at the waist line but in Eupen as an actual war. The last German offensive attack at the end of World War II against American Allied Forces took place in Eupen December 1944-January 1945. It was nicknamed the Battle of the Bulge because of the way the German offensive lines bulged across maps in their last ditch attempt.

A war named after a pseudo geographical line that looks like a fat man marching across Belgium? how is Eupen lager NOT a BJCP style?

So, what defines an Eupen lager? Well, hops for sure. Peppery, floral hops.  Also, bread flavours from the malts. Specifically, it is the colour. It is light, almost airy in colour. Unfiltered too because, Belgium.

This is Townsite’s first ever lager, it is the eighth beer to be named after the concrete ships that form our mills breakwater. It is unique like the region it emulates. This year local artist Carrie McKellar was chosen to design the label. You can see more of her work here.

These days it seems like everyone is facing forward. It’s all about where you are going. This is so apparent to beer folk.

What do you have that’s new? is the mantra of the craft beer industry.

To be honest, I enjoy the ever changing landscape of craft beer, it was one of the first things about the industry that caught my attention. You will never stagnate, you will ALWAYS be learning and doing something new. It was refreshing for 25 year old me to know I wasn’t gonna get stuck in a lab performing the same experiment over and over and over like a gerbil on an exercise wheel.

BUT, and this is a big one: Where we came from is important.

There are a handful of people that took HUGE risks to start the revolution. No one believed craft beer was gonna be a thing and these people forged ahead anyway. We are where we are today because of them. Fritz Maytag, Ken Grossman, Jim Koch, Sam Calagione, Greg Koch, Kim Jordan. These people have made it possible for me to live out my dreams.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.  is my favorite brewery of all time. Their beer is ALWAYS good. In my opinion, their commitment to quality sets the standard for everyone else, and they have set that bar high.

Chico California, home to my favorite brewery, is situated in the zone of California’s infamous ‘camp fire’. Many of the friends and family of this brewery had their homes destroyed and were otherwise affected by it.

Immediately after the fire Ken started a fund to support those that were affected. He donated $100,000 and then he made a recipe and put out a call. The proceeds (after taxes) of this beer, Resilience IPA, will go to help those affected by the fire. Country Malt Group got invloved and donated the ingredients.

Ken and his team have paved the way for me and my team. There was never any doubt that we would be involved.

Today I put my boots on and mashed in Resilience IPA. It will be on tap in the Townsite tasting room in the new year.

 

Ken, from our family to yours: Cheers.


Chloe pitcured here in her boots with an autographed photo of Ken Grossman