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The Worshipful Company of Brewers, Part VIII: “Dark & Twisted” by Justin Rick

Ladies, gentlemen and ale lovers hark! The Worshipful Company of Brewers is upon us. The charter of this sanctified league dictates that each member of the Brooklyn Brewery brewing team will design and create a batch of his/her own draft-only beer, to be served exclusively at the Brewery Tasting Room until the last drop has been squeezed from the taps, and each with the possibility of blooming into a fully distributed Brewmaster’s Reserve.

BEER #8: Dark & Twisted
Style: Salted Chocolate Stout
ABV: 6.5%
Notes: A dark chocolate covered pretzel inspired beer
Available: Fri, October 25th until it’s gone!

BREWER #8: Justin Rick
October 15th, 1984
Started at Brooklyn Brewery: 2012 (brewing professionally since 2008)
Favorite Place to Drink: Rooftops

The Brewer’s Notes:
     I’ve brewed in 3 different breweries professionally, but I never thought I would be given a chance to design my own beer. After spending 3 years at a Miller-Coors owned facility (Leinenkugel’s), I thought for sure it was a pipe dream. However, after arriving here about a year and a half ago, and finding out about this Worshipful Company of Brewers program, I finally let myself start dreaming of new beer ideas again, like I did when I was in brewing school at UC Davis. I came up with a few ideas, but one of them stuck with me. The result of a brainstorming session over several beers with a friend, this chocolate covered pretzel stout idea kept me intrigued and stuck with me, even as other beer ideas came and went.

     This beer has been over a year in conception. After spending all of this time experimenting with different malts, talking to other brewers, and hop experts, I was finally able to put together something that tastes exactly what I was going for. A chocolate pretzel beer seemed like an odd thing to go for, really more of a “wouldn’t it be cool if…” type thing. However, as I started to play with malts and discover what hops were out there, it started to become a more tangible goal. Everything started to come together when I found the Phoenix hops and the Chateau Biscuit malts; after that, it was experimenting with different salt levels to arrive at my desired threshold. 

     I’m really pleased with how this beer came together, especially since it is the first recipe I have ever formulated in my life by myself. I really hope you all enjoy drinking it as much as I enjoyed coming up with it.


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  • Tyler Smicks

    This is an amazing beer! It needs to continue to be made!

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