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Blue Lobster Brewing experiences?

Discussion in 'New England' started by Jacob007, Jul 2, 2013.

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  1. According to the owners it was offered to Top Shelf but was refused. I dont know the details at though.
  2. I'm sure some of you saw on the facebook page, but we'll be releasing our first barrel aged beer this Friday. 11/1. It's Lobster Genome Project .0 (which slightly tweaked, became Life Of Sundays) aged for 8 months in Arrington Port barrels. It's 10% abv, and heavily influenced by one of my favorites, the Alesmith BA Wee Heavy. It also will serve as a 1 year anniversary beer as the timing lined up nicely.
    The fruitiness of the port plays really well off the heavy caramels and toffees of the base brew in my opinion.
    Please let me know if there are any issues, and I'll be happy to do anything in my power to rectify them.
    Hope all is well!
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  3. And also, the beer dinner for the 401 Tavern for the 30th has been rescheduled to November 19th.
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  4. Is this a bottle only release? Any limits if so? Thanks!
  5. Yeap. 2 bottle limit from what im told. Single barrel, so only 248, 750ml bottles or so. Corked and caged.
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  6. Mike

    Mike Senior Web Developer (545) New Hampshire Nov 17, 2010 Staff Member Verified

    Would you mind elaborating how the Lobster Genome Project .0 is different from Life Of Sundays?
  7. Not at all. Genome was 100% scottish yeast and a larger first runnings boil down, whereas Life Of Sundays got a blast of house yeast to tear her down the last 2*P, and utilized a smaller boil down. I feel Life of Sundays has a stronger ester profile than Genome, along with being a touch sweeter. Genome was crisper, deeper, and drier. There were growlers of Genome available around February, but it was just 1.5bbl overflow from what we couldn't fit in the Arrington port barrel.
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  8. Jacob007

    Jacob007 Advocate (500) New Hampshire Sep 18, 2012 Verified

    Will it age well?
  9. My rule of thumb is to only bottle condition things that can see six months on the shelf and not be all that worse for wear. I don't want to be written off over a six month old pale ale you tried on the shelf, but a brett saison, berliner or barrel aged wee heavy is a different ballgame.
    That being said, it should hold up fairly well. However, I'm an advocate of drink barrel aged beers "fresh" for best barrel character. Celtic New Year was bottled a couple months back so it's already got some time in the bottle under her belt.
    I say just treat it like any bottle conditioned beer, give it some time in the fridge to settle nice and clear, decant proper, and give her a taste.
    Please forgive my darty train of thought, I'm a bit under the weather and meds are stronger than I remember. :)
  10. Jacob007

    Jacob007 Advocate (500) New Hampshire Sep 18, 2012 Verified

    Thanks I'll drink one now and put one down for a little while.
  11. Just a heads up, the unnamed Biere De Miel is quietly conditioning in corked 750s (~515bottles) and some sixtels (keg conditioned). Still needs a few weeks to condition out though, second week in December maybe?
    **6.8%abv, brewed with roasted yams with a light nutmeg dusting, meadowfoam honey, vanilla and cinnamon.

    Also Paul's Boutique is in capped 375s (~500bottles) and currently carbonating. Just bottled yesterday so probably, mid January at the earliest.
    **7.6%abv, Arrington Port Barrel Aged with a mixed culture for 10 months, Biere De Garde brewed with TN grits. A Paul Vaughn Collaboration.

    I have no idea on the timeframe of labels or approval (or price points at this moment), merely giving you good folks the production update :)

    Hope all is well, happy holidays!
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  12. Also curious to what you guys think of the new batch of galaxy single hop. This batch is pretty much entirely reworked from the ground up. Getting closer each time. :)
  13. BigStein88

    BigStein88 Advocate (525) New Hampshire Nov 5, 2007 Verified

    Coming in tomorrow, can't wait!
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  14. Pwbres

    Pwbres Savant (400) Maine Mar 25, 2013 Verified

    Pretty sure it was released today.
  15. BigStein88

    BigStein88 Advocate (525) New Hampshire Nov 5, 2007 Verified

    Well, sure, but not like it was a sell out in hours kind of thing. Got there today and got my growlers without issue. Initial tasting was not what I expected on either the Excess or Stalkholm (one way better than I expected and one not quite as good as expected) but will try the growlers before I pass judgement. At any rate, cool place with cool people selling beer. I will be back.
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  16. Davl22

    Davl22 Savant (330) New Hampshire Sep 27, 2011 Verified

    New Excess: Galaxy is refined and drinking A-mazing
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  17. Sacrificed a little appearance in the name of flavor on the new galaxy. Hopefully not in vain.

    @BigStein88, sorry to hear your visit wasnt to your liking. If you feel there was an issue other than personal taste preference, please shoot me a message and im happy to correct anyway in my power.
  18. New Excess is great. Tastes like someone squeezed orange, clementine, and tangerine into a smooth cream. Well done, Dave.
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  19. BigStein88

    BigStein88 Advocate (525) New Hampshire Nov 5, 2007 Verified

    Dave, thanks for taking the time to respond. Wasn't trying to imply that my visit was not to my liking. I love what you are doing over there and had a good time with some tasters and getting growler fills. I did not find the Excess to my liking but was impressed with what you have done with the Syndrome. And I love a brewery that does not make me buy new growlers! (how many does a guy need?) I am really late to the game getting to your place and will be back for your next release. Hope to meet you there next time.
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  20. No worries :) just wanted to make sure it wasnt a fixable issue that wasnt being addressed. Shoot me a message on here the next time youre heading up!
    Hope all is well,
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  21. Went to Whym then Blue Lobster yesterday.

    Excess was one of the most remarkable and excellent beers I've had this year. I could see why some wouldn't love it - it's insanely fresh and concentrated in flavor - but I fell in love. Picked up another Little Lobster on the Praire, which they are down to the last couple of cases on.
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  22. Little Lobster On Thr Prairie has sold out from the brewery. So much gratitude to all who had a part in that beer.
  23. Pwbres

    Pwbres Savant (400) Maine Mar 25, 2013 Verified

    @sleepydave any future plans to distribute to any other restaurant or beer bars besides WHYM?
  24. Gosox8787

    Gosox8787 Savant (465) New Hampshire Jan 24, 2009 Verified

    Community Oven and 401 Tavern both have them on tap. I believe Poppers in Newmarket might as well.
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  25. Pwbres

    Pwbres Savant (400) Maine Mar 25, 2013 Verified

    Nice, thanks for the info!
  26. Correct. Currently we are at WHYM (portsmouth), 401 Tavern(hampton), Community Oven(hampton), Cask and Vine(derry), and Poppers(newmarket). Expansion on that front is up to the owners and not myself, try shooting them a message on the brewery's facebook page.
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  27. Mikeypnh

    Mikeypnh Advocate (575) New Hampshire Jul 8, 2013 Verified

    Going down tomorrow. Excited to try the new excess. Also, just happens to be second week in December... the unnamed Biere De Miel must be coming close.. @sleepydave ?
  28. I still haven't heard anything from the owners regarding labels at this time. It's near fully conditioned though. Reading more like an autumnal (late) saison everyday. And just for what its worth Paul's Boutique is stunning IMO.
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  29. Just FYI, the Russian Jew/Belgian Imperial Stout should hit the taps next week. 13% abv monoculture adjunct imperial stout. Draft only.
    Another month has passed nearly, still no word about labels for Paul's Boutique or the Autumnal BdM as of yet.
  30. Gosox8787

    Gosox8787 Savant (465) New Hampshire Jan 24, 2009 Verified

    Will it be available for tasters at the brewery? Any idea where to look for it on tap? I would really like to give this one a try.
  31. Yeap, tasters and growlers at the brewery, plus it will be offered to accounts to my knowledge. Small yield due to the high abv and our mismatched kettle/tun though.
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  32. Gosox8787

    Gosox8787 Savant (465) New Hampshire Jan 24, 2009 Verified

    Thanks, I will definitely be grabbing a growler of this.
  33. Is that a monoculture meaning only one strain? Care to sound off on attenuation or any other fermentation notes?
  34. Yeah just a singular strain. It doesn't fit as neatly in a category as id like. Pm'd with details.
  35. Tidesox28

    Tidesox28 Advocate (635) Maine Apr 21, 2013 Verified

    I hope to stop by this brewery next weekend. My son has a hockey tournament down that way.
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