Booth: Dovetail Brewery

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  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (13,172) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Lager Fest in Cyberspace (2021) Virtual Booth/Discussion Thread for:

    Dovetail Brewery
    (Chicago, Illinois)

    Baltic Porter; Baltic Porter; 6.6%; 16oz can
    When the popular English Porter started traveling up the Baltic coast in the 1800s, brewers in Sweden, Finland, Poland, and Russia adapted the style and made it their own. This Dovetail version is based on the Baltic Porters we love to pick up at the Polish delis on the West Side.

    It’s our darkest lager; capped by a large stand of cream-colored foam to showcase deep and rich malt aromas of milk chocolate, raisins, and restrained coffee roast. It’s smooth and balanced, but exhibits slightly more bravado and complexity than its English counterparts.

    Note: This beer spent 3 months in the lagering tank and then was further aged to bring out the dark stone fruit flavors we enjoy in Baltic Porters.

    Joining us: Hagen Dost (Co-Owner and Brewer) & Jenny Pfafflin (Brewer, Creative & Marketing)

    Have a question for Hagen and Jenny? Drop it in this thread and your question could make the live feed!

    Like what you're drinking? Review the beer!
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  2. cigardave

    cigardave Initiate (0) May 25, 2005 Oklahoma

    Curiosity has struck!! The BJCP has Baltic Porter under category 9, Strong European Beer, and states "Higher alcohol than other porters."

    However, it's also considered a lager as well due to being fermented with lager yeast. Why is that? How did that come about? Was it due to other types of beers were being created using lager yeast in the Baltic region or something else?

    Also, with it being a lager, could it fall in BJCP category 2C for International Dark Lager or not? I'm guessing NOT, since it can only be in one category.

    I'm curious.


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  3. FBarber

    FBarber Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,989) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    How do you approach dealing with and educating consumers when it comes to a beer like your grodziskie in the untappd era which, actually made its way into wide distribution including the Jewel (grocery store)!

    Also, when will you guys be brewing a Lichtenhainer? :wink:
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  4. Davebomb

    Davebomb Initiate (199) Feb 12, 2021 Oklahoma

    So do more of the flavours in this beer come from the malts or the yeast? What change in the recipe makes it stand out from its English counterparts?
  5. Celogan123

    Celogan123 Initiate (0) Apr 14, 2021 California

    I assume because Ales are Top fermented as brewed warmer done when yeast rises to top Lagers bottom fermentation colder temp done as yeast sinks to bottom
  6. dfense

    dfense Devotee (337) Sep 9, 2006 California

    Since you make both lagers and spontaneous fermentations, which do find more challenging from a process standpoint?
  7. ToniTwoPint

    ToniTwoPint Initiate (0) Jul 20, 2021

    Tell JP this beer would be bomb as fuck with a Dodger Dog !!!! -April
  8. Celogan123

    Celogan123 Initiate (0) Apr 14, 2021 California

    Wow Very nice porter. Poured dark brown some head chocolate coffee foretaste
    Good mouth feel moderate carbonation
  9. kforster

    kforster Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2019 Texas

    this is one of the best beers in the box. Very smooth, great Porter
  10. mjsullivan86

    mjsullivan86 Zealot (694) Jul 3, 2020 Pennsylvania

    Can you speak a little more on your decision to age the beer before sending it out? What flavors become more prominent? How would this differ side-by-side from one that wasn't aged?
  11. BPence99

    BPence99 Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2021 California

    Jenny - Great beer. Thank You. I loved hearing about the beers from the Polish delis in Chicago informing your Baltic Porter experience. How has the Polish community in Chicago reacted to this Baltic Porter version?
  12. KyleKingma

    KyleKingma Initiate (0) Feb 28, 2012 Washington

    Dovetail was a staple of mine when I lived in Chicago - love seeing it in the box!
    Can you talk about any variance you seen in your lagers from batch to batch? Consistency in such delicate styles must be tough.
  13. ToniTwoPint

    ToniTwoPint Initiate (0) Jul 20, 2021

    Out of the beer recipes you’ve developed/ brewed, which are you most proud of, JP?
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  14. el_bobbo

    el_bobbo Zealot (694) Dec 22, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Not a question. Jenny is badass.
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  15. rdruckenmiller

    rdruckenmiller Devotee (351) Sep 23, 2009 Massachusetts

    JP is money! Best speaker bar Vinnie.
  16. johnInLA

    johnInLA Pooh-Bah (2,274) Jun 12, 2005 California
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    Wonderful example of the style. My favorite of the night.
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