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Beer Release (Short's Brew): Ginger In The Rye

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by HopHeadHerman, Apr 8, 2013.

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  1. HopHeadHerman

    HopHeadHerman Feb 9, 2009 Michigan

    Good evening everybody!

    In a last minute decision, our staff decided that since we had some leftover packaging from the last time we brewed GITR, we might as well brew it again, squeaking it into the 2013 specialty release schedule. I'm actually drinking one as I type!

    Ginger In The Rye is a Rye Munich Ale with approximately 2oz of fresh ginger per gallon! ABV is 7.0%. About 600 cases will make it out of our production facility and I believe it should be hitting stores fairly soon. I'm including the original narrative from Joe Short regarding the first time this beer was ever brewed (January of 2007)...

    Making this beer was definitely one of the top 3 worst brew days I have ever had. Something like 20 hours. I specifically remember being more angry that day than I have ever been. I have always been reluctant to use rye malt without a lautering aid in fear of a stuck mash. I went ahead and brewed it anyway and got myself into a seriously stuck mash. The rye seemed to work like a giant glue stick in the mash tun. I thought if I proceeded really slow I could cheat the inevitable "stuck" mash, but I could not. I tried everything. No method other than waiting for gravity to pull the slow trickle of sweet wort from the grain bed would suffice. I had to rig up a special heating unit under my sparge water tank to keep it warm through the duration of the slow transfer of liquids. I was hungry, tired and ornery as hell. Eventually I cut off the flow of wort into the kettle and boiled it hard and long. With all the tricks I tried to free the mash with, all I really did was dilute the sugar extraction, hence the long boil. So there I was late into the night with a kettle half full of beer and a day I felt was wasted on a ton of ingredients with undesired results. For this beer to be worthy of the series it had to be a certain strength. That is why this beer is batch numbers 262 and 263. I had to make two of them. This bastard of a beer did have a fruitful fermentation once I finally got it into the fermentation tank. I used the Weihenstephan yeast strain which happens to be the most preferred yeast fro making wheat beers by German Brewers. It was the first time this yeast strain had entered our facility. I thought it would work well for the rye and Munich malts I used. At this point the beer was developing quite well considering what a pain in the ass it started out to be. Toward the end of fermentation lost and lots of ginger was shredded and added to the fermenter. Ginger is a magical rhizome rich with healing powers that has been used since ancient times. The volatile oils and phenol compounds are the active components which are great for relief of nausea and motion sickness. It was also used as a cough suppressant and digestion aid. It is one of the earliest spices known in Western Europe, said to be a spice used against the plague. Nineteenth century bars and taverns kept small containers of ground ginger available for sprinkling into beer. I find it adds a nice spice and balance to the beer, giving it a pleasant finishing "zing" complimenting the character of the beer as a whole. I think you will too.


    Ginger in the Rye: An experimental ale brewed with rye and Munich malt, fermented with the Weihenstephan yeast strain, giving it elements of a German wheat beer. A deep golden color with a shy white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma has a zing of fresh ginger mixed with hints of spice and faint banana fragrances, alluding to the complexity of this unassuming ale. The flavor is sharp and crisp, laced with snappy ginger, spice, and citrus fruit qualities. Although refreshing overall, the intricate blend of flavors seem to linger on the palate, similar to the bitterness of hops.

  2. Andygirl

    Andygirl Jan 3, 2013 Michigan

    Had one yesterday! It was very good, and I don't tend to enjoy rye beers.
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  3. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    This beer apparently isn't getting any BA love, but it's a damn good beer. The spicy ginger and Rye work well together, yet it isn't overpowering. Just a beautiful marriage! Good stuff.
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  4. tommyz

    tommyz May 28, 2007 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    Im just not sure on this...I have not met a "rye" beer that I have liked..And wont take the risk on a 6er..Hopefully it will be in a bar around town
  5. tectactoe

    tectactoe Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    Friend picked me up a sixer from the brewpub a week or so ago. Very ginger heavy, but very tasty. Drinks much lighter than 7.0% ABV, too.
  6. HopHeadHerman

    HopHeadHerman Feb 9, 2009 Michigan

    This year's batch came out a bit creamier than ones in the past and is due to our new mill. I dig it.
  7. jacob4999

    jacob4999 Dec 9, 2008 Michigan

    Anyone see this in SE MI yet?
  8. tectactoe

    tectactoe Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    Saw some six packs at a few places in Livonia.
  9. c64person

    c64person Mar 20, 2010 North Carolina
    Beer Trader

    Hopefully some of this makes its way to the Kzoo area, I'd be excited to get it!
  10. HopHeadHerman

    HopHeadHerman Feb 9, 2009 Michigan

    Oh it will. Drakes, Mega-Bev, Tiffany's, Bacchus...they'll all get some I'm sure.
  11. Andygirl

    Andygirl Jan 3, 2013 Michigan

    I have seen it in SE, picked up a second 6. Our first was from the brewery and I was pretty sure we were out of luck finding it again. Pleasant surprise :)
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  12. szmnnl99

    szmnnl99 Apr 3, 2006 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    Brighton had some, still in the box.
  13. Mothergoose03

    Mothergoose03 May 30, 2005 Michigan

    I'm pretty sure I saw this at Tiffany's earlier today.
  14. c64person

    c64person Mar 20, 2010 North Carolina
    Beer Trader

    Thanks for the heads up, I'll have to drop by an pick some up!
  15. crossovert

    crossovert Mar 29, 2009 Illinois

    I'd prefer a traditional roggenbier w/o the ginger. Not many of those around though and the only example ive seen in the us is an austrian one that is a lager sort of roggenbier.
  16. Runninmixz

    Runninmixz Sep 22, 2012 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    I can probably grab you a single Tommy.
  17. HardyA

    HardyA Jan 26, 2013 Michigan

    Another winner by Short's. Fan of rye beers and I really like the ginger in this one
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  18. HopHeadHerman

    HopHeadHerman Feb 9, 2009 Michigan

    I can truly see this brew paired with sushi and other delicious Asian dishes--the spicier, the better!
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  19. Runninmixz

    Runninmixz Sep 22, 2012 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    Got one for u tommy. Ill let u know next time im up there.
  20. tectactoe

    tectactoe Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    Just finished my last one from the sixer. Patiently waiting for Freedom of '78 to hit stores now :)
  21. tommyz

    tommyz May 28, 2007 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    thank you!
  22. MichPaul

    MichPaul Jan 28, 2012 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    DUDE! How can you not let the word out about the fact that Freedom of '78 just got released! It just hit Kalamazoo today. I GOTTA score at least 1 sixer of this wonderful brew!!!
  23. Bay01

    Bay01 Nov 19, 2008 Illinois

    #HopHeadHermanfail Anybody see this in SE Michigan yet?
  24. HopHeadHerman

    HopHeadHerman Feb 9, 2009 Michigan

    Just got home and was about to post it--didn't think it would be released this early!
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  25. alelover

    alelover Aug 19, 2012 Michigan

    whats the average price for this? heard a place in town has it but they usually mark stuff up so i wanted to get an idea before going in and grabbing some..

    edit: never mind!! forgot shorts actually tells you the price on their site.. another reason to love shorts! ;)
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  26. HopHeadHerman

    HopHeadHerman Feb 9, 2009 Michigan

  27. Elatowski

    Elatowski Nov 23, 2009 Michigan

    I had the exact same thought when drinking this. I WANT SOME SUSHI NOW!
  28. alelover

    alelover Aug 19, 2012 Michigan

    glad i went and got this today because i got the last 6 pack from super liquor.. loving it so far and cant wait to get some sushi tomorrow to pair with it. :D
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  29. BoneyardBrewer

    BoneyardBrewer Apr 24, 2005 Michigan

    Its available in Frankenmuth.
  30. alelover

    alelover Aug 19, 2012 Michigan

    went with some spicy tuna to pair it with and as expected.. its amazing!!
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