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Beers by Bill: Connector IPA

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  Making a good IPA isn’t particularly difficult. Making a great IPA is, though. We have been experimenting with how we add hops to get specific characteristics from them. In effect Connector is the result of all these trials. We pull out all the stops to create a truly exceptional hopping character in the beer, manipulating hot-side and cold-side additions to maximize characteristics we desire and…
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Beers By Bill: SwitchBOCK

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SwitchBOCK is another example of what happens when you’re having fun.  We started our lager program after upgrading our original 15 BBL brewhouse to be able to conduct more sophisticated brewing techniques like those used for many lagers.  With our Märzen Fest Bier as our first lager, we added Citra Pils last spring.  Always a fan of keeping our yeast in house and acclimated to our brewing conditions,…
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Brewer Bites: Citra-Pils Keller Bier

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The days are getting longer, the sun is getting warmer, and it’s finally beginning to feel like Spring. Of course, the best way to celebrate these bright, crisp days is with a bright, crisp beer, and our beer of choice this season, naturally, is Citra-Pils. Brewed and conditioned as a classic “keller bier” style pilsner with our house lager yeast and using only light, delicate malts, traditional Czech…
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Brewer Bites: Extra Pale Ale (XPA)

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The slow, lazy days of summer have finally arrived, and our endless options of outdoor activities have all come beckoning at once. Whether we find ourselves out on the lake or deep in the woods, having dinner with friends or a baseball game or festival of any sort, or even just taking in a quiet evening at home on the porch, we all know that these perfect summer days won’t last long, so we’ve all got…
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Beers by Bill: Dooley's Belated Porter

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I can still remember the day I walked up to Chris Dooley as he was cleaning parts at the sink to ask him what kind of beer he’d like to make next.  As our first employee Dooley got to choose.  He wanted to make a porter, and happily we both agreed to use Deschutes Black Butte Porter as our gold standard for what a porter can be.  Switchback’s porter is on the hoppy side, being a 100% Simcoe beer. …
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Brewer Bites: Slow-Fermented Brown Ale

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In 2009, we acquired a “new” four-vessel copper brew house from Germany and began brewing all of our flagship Switchback Ale on this 66 barrel system rather than on our original two-vessel 15 barrel system, allowing us to make significantly more beer at a time and subsequently giving our brewers a whole lot of extra free time. But of course, a brewer’s mind never sits idle, and thoughts immediately…
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Beers by Bill: LEM

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LEM (affectionately nam ed after its striking resemblance to the Lunar Excursion Module) gives us incredible flexibility in how we utilize hops. It is built for both whole cone or pelletized hops. We have been currently working with whole cone hops in our Extra Pale Ale. We devised a system of using hops in their natural whole cone form so that we could extract an obscene amount of aroma and flavor…
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