The Worshipful Company of Brewers is once again 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 or her own draft-only beer, to be served exclusively at the Brewery Tasting Room until the last drop has been squeezed from the taps.
Beer #18: Dinginator
History: Doppelbocks traditionally end in “-ator” as a tribute to Salvator (Latin for “Savior,” the first doppelbock brewed by the Franciscan monks of St. Francis of Paula in the 17th century.
Style: Doppelbock (weren’t you listening?) with a traditional decoction mash
Notes: Smooth but powerful, with an abundance of dark fruit, caramel, banana, and hint of spice.
Availability: Friday, December 8 until it’s gone.
Brewer # 18: Adam Young
Started at Brooklyn Brewery: June 2014
Favorite Hangout: At home with Diane. You’re not invited.
Alternate Title: Chief Dingus (remember, you only roast the ones you love)
Brewer’s Notes: Part of doppelbock lore is the decoction mash, which involves boiling a portion of the mash and reintroducing it to the whole to raise the collective temperature. Modern brewing has made this a largely unnecessary step, but like music on vinyl, some parts of the old ways can’t be beat. Of course, our brewhouse doesn’t have a decoction vessel…but that didn’t stop Adam. Take the Dinginator in hand and behold the strength and grace of this age-old style. Just be careful while you’re drinking; if you say something dumb, Adam is the one who’s going to call you out.