Barleywines are generally the strongest style of ale, with an alcohol content to rival most wines. In fact, it is this high alcohol content coupled with extensive aging which contributes to the very complex nature of our Blunderbuss. A beverage such as this is meant to be savored and appreciated much like a fine brandy or cognac, or, in the world of wine, a fortified sherry or vintage port. (But a barleywine is all beer!)
The process of creating our barleywine began by cramming our mash tun to overflowing with American and Scottish pale malts. We then extracted only the richest first runnings from the mash and boiled extensively to further concentrate the sugars in the wort. During the boil a touch of honey was added to the kettle, along with six varieties of hops to provide balance for the sweet malt. Fermented in stainless it was then sent to the CBC Barrel Cellar where it aged in a quintet of Buffalo Trace rye barrels for many months.
The result is well worth this painstaking ordeal. A creamy, pale tan head rests atop this beautiful, hazy golden liquid. Captured within the rim of a snifter, the first aromas to greet the nose are of alcohol’s fruity esters, then rich caramel malt and sweet malt. As it warms, more distinguishable notes of burnt sugar and toffee, vanilla, coconut and oak are detectable. The flavor more than meets the prelude of aromas. Its rich, full body contains notes of sweet caramel, tart flavors of berries and dried fruit, and a subtle herbal hoppiness. This ultimate after-dinner drink pairs well with many desserts, but is also certainly a dessert in and of itself.
OG: 1.113 FG: 1.016 ABV: 12.75%
Cedar wood-aged Solstice Ale
Created in celebration of the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year, and to greet New England’s eventual awakening to longer days and (hopefully) diminishing cases of Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Darkest Night is a dark beer with garnet highlights, aged on Spanish and Japanese “cedar” woods. Spanish cedrela (Cedrela odorata) is a lightweight, fragrant wood most often used in the production of cigar boxes, in outdoor construction and paneling, and in the manufacture of guitars. Japanese Sugi wood (Cryptomeria japonica) is endemic to Japan and has many uses from incense, to tanks and barrels for fermenting and aging sake, to the construction of Japan’s myriad temples. Neither are technically members of the cedar family, but both display fragrant similarities to American red and white cedars.
Darkest Night’s aroma and flavors are a balancing act of caramel and roasted malts, supported by subtle spicy wood notes of sandalwood, cinnamon, white grapefruit, and allspice. On the palate that balancing act continues with interplay between malts and wood and a finish hinting of espresso and bitter chocolate. Smooth in its finish and lingering softly on the palate, this unfiltered and full-bodied ale is a small-batch special brew from your friendly neighborhood brewers to be savored through the holidays. Be merry!
Tulip $5.75 Pitcher $21 Tower $36
OG: 1.055 FG: 1.013 ABV: 5.5%
Experimental Hop India Pale Ale
First in a series of new single-hop varietal IPA’s.
One of the best aspects of being at the forefront of the American craft beer industry is the opportunity to work with maltsters, yeast wranglers, farmers, and hop growers. Particularly when they are actively engaged in producing new varietals and strains. This is especially true when they ask CBC to be among a handful of U.S. brewers to brew with these new varietals and report back with our opinions of both character and value of these new varietals.
Our friends at HopUnion have supplied us with several different new experimental hop strains. This means a new hop varietal has been created through cross-breeding with the intention of producing new potential aromas and flavors. Only a few individual plants of each varietal exist, identified only by a set of letters and numbers.
Through feedback from the brewer these hops will either be dug up and destroyed (if characteristics are deemed unpleasant) or acreage will be increased and eventually the experimental hop varietal will be named and will become commercially available (a recent example would include the popular HBC 369 which is now known as Mosaic).
While we’re not allowed to tell you the varietal code for each brew, we are actively seeking your feedback. Each of the forthcoming three IPA’s we’ll be brewing will be crafted from the same base recipe,
the only difference will be the use of a single-varietal, experimental hop.
The hop character of this first brew (HOP “X”) initially greets the nose and palate with a gentle grassiness and hints of American evergreen. We were surprised when over time it has opened up to become quite interesting, with a melon-like and stone fruit quality and a touch of blueberry and fruity watermelon Jolly Rancher.
Who knows what will be up next?? Be sure and let us know what you think. Cheers!
Teardrop $6 Pitcher $22 Tower $37
OG: 1.056 FG: 1.012 ABV: 6.0%
Traditional Polish Grätzer with Pumpkin
“Be fair, alright? Everyone wants Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.” – Brodie
We at CBC are never ones to shy away from a challenge, as demonstrated by this most recent offering. Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride is brewed in the Grodziskie style. Grodziskie, or more commonly called Grätzer, originated in Poland and is a sessionable ale brewed with 100% smoked wheat malt, has a firm hop bitterness, and (depending on who you talk to) is slightly sour.
Although CBC’s brew house has been churning out delicious and unique brews for nearly 25 years, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride presented our brewers with a few new challenges. Foremost, a malt bill of nearly 100% wheat was a first for us. Wheat does not have a husk, so when it’s a large proportion of the malt bill lautering (removing the sugars from the grain) becomes difficult. Additionally, we soured the beer with a Lactobacillus only fermentation prior to a regular fermentation with brewers yeast - Saccharomyces. As the style calls for a small amount of acidification our brewers closely monitored the Lacto fermentation, and when the desired pH and flavor was reached they sent the wort back into the kettle for a second boil (another first).
So you may be saying to yourself “enough with all that geeky stuff, what’s in my pint”? Well, we’re glad you asked: Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride has a thick white head and a very hazy golden in color thanks to the wheat malt and 150lbs of local sugar pumpkin. You’ll get a soft aroma of wood smoke along with fruity notes of pineapple and orange. Smoke flavors are also mild and in balance with fruitiness. The beer is light on the palate and finishes with a mild tartness and firm bitterness.
This is one of those beers that almost shouldn’t work. As our friend Chris Lohring of Notch Brewing says, “Low ABV, 100% oak smoked wheat, and hoppy. It’s the worst sounding beer of all time.” And yet, as it turns out, it’s surprisingly delicious. Kudos to CBC Brewer Adrian Beck-Oliver (aka A-Bomb) for his months of research, hard work, and dedication to bringing this beer to fruition.
We had a lot of fun going on the adventure that is Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride and hope you enjoy our weird little beer!
Pint $5.50 Pitcher $18 Tower $30
OG: 1.039 FG: 1.013 ABV: 4.0%
"Not for Idle Worship"
NOW AVAILABLE IN 22OZ. BOTTLES AT CBC AND THROUGHOUT MASSACHUSETTS!!!!!
Blessed be! Our ridiculously big, ultra-hoppy imperial red ale, RED GOD returns to the exaltations of worshippers far and near. From his celestial perch, he commands this rapturous union of malt and hops and prophesizes our inescapable bitter finish! Since its inaugural brew many years ago, both the malt and the hop content have been increased with each successive batch, yielding what today is an absurd 9.0% hop monster.
Red God features 7 different hop varieties showcasing, in particular, Chinook, Amarillo, Simcoe, and Centennial. These varieties combine for a strong herbal, spicy, citrusy character, which dominates the palate.
Hopping rate is quite aggressive at nearly five pounds per barrel with 80+ IBU, yet balance prevails! American pale and Belgian caramel malts provide a rich and malty, deep red pedestal upon which this hop fest rides until its long, lingering, hop-bittered finish.
Beware this vengeful God!
The CBC Bottling Project is underway, and RED GOD is now available in 22oz. bottles for takeaway at CBC and can be found at better beer stores throughout Massachusetts!
OG: 1.084 FG: 1.014 ABV: 9.0%
"Grapefruit League" Pale Ale
Will Meyers has been named the American League Rookie of the Year!
And YOU thought he was just your local brewer.
Ok, we admit that it’s not our brewmaster, but a young outfielder for the Tampa Bay Rays with a slightly different spelling,Wil Myers.
And while we are Sox fans to the end, we figured we’d throw a bone to our Floridian AGM and Rays fan Steve Bedell, taking the opportunity to honor his ballplayer with a beer. While Myers may be better known in Boston for blowing a fourth inning fly ball from David Ortiz in Game 1 of the American League Division Series, since his call up to the majors in June he has posted formidable stats. In only 88 games he batted .293 with 13 home runs and 53 RBIs. His 88 games were the fewest ever for a position player Rookie of the Year.
Our beer honors the Rays’ home state through the prodigious use not only of some very floral and citrusy hops but also fresh citrus juice and peel. Falconer’s Flight, Amarillo, and Chinook offer hop notes of tangerine, grapefruit, and ripe melon. Additionally we added five gallons of fresh squeezed grapefruit juice to the kettle along with ten pounds of fresh grapefruit peel, plus dried orange, lemon, and lime peels. Fermentation was with our house Belgian ale yeast, which offers its own array of fruity characters along with a hint of spiciness. While each individual citrus fruit’s character expresses itself over time, the beer is remarkably balanced and drinkable. We hope you enjoy this juicy little pale ale.
Twelve more weeks ‘til Grapefruit League baseball!
Teardrop $6 Pitcher $22 Tower $37
OG: 1.047 FG: 1.007 ABV: 5.25%
French Country Ale
CBC’s brew crew is again taking inspiration from rustic French country ales, particularly the style known as Biere de Mars. Released in anticipation of the beginning of Spring (wishful thinking, we know,) Soleil d’hiver pours a beautiful shade of reddish orange, with a fluffy white head. Our version is light in body with aromatic notes of orange blossom honey, herbal hops, and a clean, lightly spicy yeast character. On the palate flavors of bready malt and cereal grains combine with a touch of caramel leading to a dry and earthy but bright finish.
Brewed with pale, Vienna and Munich malts and a good dose of German Spalter, Hallertau and Czech Saaz hops, this beer pairs well with a wide range of foods, and is just as great on its own.
Tulip $5.50 Pitcher $20 Tower $34
OG: 1.053 FG: 1.010 ABV: 5.6%
Belgian Double I.P.A.
NOW AVAILABLE IN 22OZ. BOTTLES AND ON DRAFT THROUGHOUT MASSACHUSETTS!!!!!
Real change is here! No longer will American beer lovers be forced to choose between those quirky, eccentric beers of Belgium or the explosively flavorful IPAs of the United States.
We have brewed the change we have been waiting for!
Liberally hopped to an audacious degree, our Belgian Double IPA reaches across the aisle to bridge the seemingly contradictory brewing philosophies of the old world and new. Our beer uses generous portions of Pilsner and Vienna malts to give it its hazy golden color and rocky white head. Two independent dry hop additions of Simcoe, Chinook, Amarillo, Hallertauer, and Spalt put aside their differences to form a delicious coalition. Floral grassiness dominates the nose with fruity hints of bright citrus well represented. Its subtle spicy flavor comes from a Belgian yeast as well as generous doses of German hops in the kettle. These aggressive flavors are complemented by a determined bitterness and a full but dry finish.
All of these characteristics come together in a nonpartisan spirit of cooperation to form a beer that is both righteously flavorful and drinkable.
OG: 1.076 FG: 1.008 ABV: 8.5%