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Collaboration No. 7

Oak-Aged Lager

For our first collaboration featuring three breweries, we selected our partners following the same approach we’ve used for previous collaboration projects. Our goal is to work with brewers for whom we have mutual respect while learning new techniques and celebrating the strengths of each brewery. Arizona Wilderness has become known as champions for local ingredients in innovative beers while the Creature Comforts crew is “dedicated to better being through being curious.” It’s no coincidence that we absolutely LOVE enjoying beers with both brewery teams. For the full backstory on our relationships with both breweries, please head to a previous Brewer’s Blog post.

Built on a base of two-row pale malt, Sonoran White Wheat, honey malt and corn grits, Collaboration No. 7 – Oak-Aged Lager showcases Riesling grape juice, peaches and lemon zest in a crisp lager hopped with Nelson Sauvin, Lemondrop and Hallertau Blancs. Following fermentation with the Ayinger lager strain, Collaboration No. 7 was briefly aged on Cuvee No. 5 Tank Staves, French oak staves that impart fruit, spice, toast and tannins similar to aging in a fresh/virgin French oak barrel.

At 6% ABV and 16 IBUs, Collaboration No. 7 Oak-Aged Lager pours a brilliant golden color with tight, off-white lacing. Bright aromas of peach and Riesling grapes mingle with the tropical fruit notes provided by subtle hopping. Lemon zest accentuates the naturally citrusy character of the beer as the malt bill forms a slightly sweet, honey-like base from which the chosen regional ingredients shine. French oak character lends a drying effect resulting in a bright, fruity lager that finishes incredibly crisp. Bottle conditioned with champagne yeast, Collaboration No. 7 – Oak-Aged Lager has fluffy, effervescent carbonation that scrubs the palate and begs for another sip.

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ABV?
Alcohol
6.0%
IBUs?
Bitterness
16
EBC?
Color
14
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Draft

12 oz.

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TASTING NOTES

Aroma
Subtle fruitiness from peach and lemon zest, slight malt sweetness

Malt
Crisp, crackery

Hops
Light, fruity, citrus

Balance
Malt/Fruit

Body
Light to medium

FOOD PAIRINGS

Steamed Mussels
Lemon custard
Pho
Creamy cheeses
Grilled trout
HOMEBREWING

SPECIFICS MALT HOPS ADJUNCT / SPICE
Original Gravity12.6Corn GritsHallertau BlancLemon zest
Final Gravity1.8Honey MaltLemondropOak staves
Fermentation Temp59 FPale maltNelson SauvinPeach Purée
Yeast TypeAyinger LagerSonoran White Wheat-Riesling Grape Juice
--White Wheat Malt--
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