As our Dunedin Summer gives way to a cooler Autumn the pale ale series takes its own ‘turning of the season’.
The use of rye in ales contributes a pleasing, juicy, spiciness and has been used in brewing since way before Richard Emerson had his first beer belly. Unfortunately rye can be notorious for creating ‘stuck’ mashes; forming a glue like mash that just won’t allow the run off of the wort to the kettle. We found this out the hard way in our trial batches, after tasting these beers though, we knew we had to persevere – the rye was really adding something special to the pint.
We’ve used a good portion of rye in Ryethand along with Belgian and Smoked malts creating a nicely layered malt base. Hints of spice, leather (yeah we hear ya), and an earthiness that supports the heavy use of hops. US Chinook, Amarillo and Cascade are used throughout the boil and during maturation. Malt with hop assertiveness, a great combination.
Ryethand is a tip of the hat to the song by the great country rock legend, Steve Earle – The Devil’s Right Hand. In his song Mr Earle wisely warns us that the Devil’s right hand can “get you into trouble but it can’t get you out!” Sage advice whether we are talking about pistols or pale ales…
The Brew Crew
Original gravity: 1060
Alcohol : 5.7 % a.b.v
Malts : NZ Ale malt, Belgian Special B, Belgian caramalts, smoked malt
Hops : US Chinook, Amarillo and Cascade
Available on tap only in limited quantity from the brewery shop and selected outlets.