Brooklyn Scorcher #366 is a very tasty summer pale ale featuring a hop so new that it doesn’t have a real name yet – right now it’s just called “HBC 366”. But this hop does have parents. Jason Perrault of Perrault Farms crossed the Warrior variety with a “wild” hop back in 2001. Jason says “The brilliant coloration of the leaves combined with a nice growth habit and exceptionally formed cones with abundant lupulin (the repository of all those aromatic oils), resulted in a strikingly beautiful plant.”
Working with the legendary hop breeder Gene Probasco, Jason took cuttings and started growing dozens of plants with fellow grower John I. Haas. Tom Nielsen, hop guru with our friends at Sierra Nevada Brewing, helped them figure out that this new hop was indeed delicious in beer. By 2009, the Smith family of B.T. Loftus Ranches were growing some too, and today “HBC 366” occupies about 1.2 acres of land in the Yakima Valley of Washington.
And here it is! Brooklyn Scorcher #366 is a hoppy pale ale that’s dry, minerally and fruity on the palate, snappy in the center, and bursting with the citrusy, piney notes that make our new pal 366 so special. It’s got as much hop character as an IPA, but at only 4.5%, Scorcher #366 is eminently sessionable, so you can hang out with it all summer. Scorcher #366 loves lobster, shrimp, and crayfish, but will snarf your nachos and fish tacos without the slightest hesitation. Scorcher #366 prefers charcoal but doesn’t hate on propane. Scorcher #366 is not a snob. Scorcher #366 will have another burger and a hot dog.
Malts: Pale Ale Malt and Crystal Malt, England Hops: Willamette (bittering), and introducing HBC #366 (aroma) Yeast: Brooklyn House Ale yeast OG: 10° Plato ABV: 4.5%
Availability: May-July Format: 15.5 gal kegs; 5.2 gal kegs
25 years ago, two neighbors threw caution to the wind, quit their respective day jobs as a reporter and a banker, and founded Brooklyn Brewery. The road to success was paved with many challenges, but today The Brewery’s award-winning roster of beers is distributed in 25 states and 21 countries, and the neighbors, Steve Hindy & Tom Potter (before and after pic below) are two happy campers: Tom has moved on to found the NY Distilling Company, and Steve still sits in the chair at the brewery. (cont. below)
To celebrate this quarter century of Brooklyn beer, we’re partying right next door with our BFF’s at Brooklyn Bowl and introducing a very special Silver Anniversary Lager – a double bock version of Brooklyn Lager, our first and best selling beer — available throughout 2013 featuring four unique labels by Brooklyn-based artists. Each new label will be launched at our quartlery Local x Local music, arts and media party at The Bowl. First up is March 20 (poster below) featuring Brooklyn band Beach Fossils, one of our faves.
The party is free with an RSVP, or $5 at the door on the day of. Silver Anniversary Lager will be available on draft & in big bottles, pints of Brooklyn Lager will be just $4, and Blue Ribbon is cooking up their famous Bone Marrow & Oxtail Marmalade Sliders as a special menu item.
Provided the Mayans are wrong and NASA is right, we’ll be throwing a party on December 31 to ring in the New Year with style. The beer is bountiful, the bar is open, and a BBQ feast will be provided by our friends from Mable’s Smokehouse as DJ SeekTen spins the party tunes. At the end of the night, take home your glass and a cookie for the ride home.
Buy tickets here. Check out the beer & food menus below. See you there!
Below is the roster of beers you can expect to find here at The Brewery on Friday, Nov 16 (list is subject to change). Beer tokens can be purchased for $5/each or 5 for $20.
DRAFT // 1 token each (unless otherwise indicated)
SPECIAL: Cask of East India Pale Ale (6.5% abv)
There Will Be Black (7.5% abv)
Dial M For Mild (4.0% abv)
Brooklyn BLAST! (9.0% abv) – 2 tokens
Brooklyn Sorachi Ace (7.6% abv)
Brooklyn Brown Ale (5.6% abv)
Brooklyn Radius (4.8%)
Brooklyn Lager (5.2% abv)
Brooklyn East India Pale Ale (6.5% abv)
Brooklyner Weisse (5.1% abv)
Brooklyn Oktoberfest (5.5% abv)
BIG BOTTLE POURS // 3 tokens each, includes complimentary Souvenir Logoed Stemware Glass
Brooklyn Local 1 (9.0% abv)
Brooklyn Local 2 (9.0% abv) AMA Bionda (6.0% abv) – 2 tokens
BAMboozle (8.6% abv)
Companion (9.1% abv)