March! College basketball, the return of spring, and St. Patrick's Day. Specifically, at least around here, it means St. Patrick's Day BEER! Welcome back, Snakes on a Shamrock Irish Red Lager and The Volitionist Dry Stout Lager!
Snakes on a Shamrock is a perennial spring favorite around here. Drawing its beautiful ruby hue from roasted and amber malts, SoaS stands as our lager interpretation of the classic Irish Red Ale. SoaS is a simple, yet powerfully flavorful brew that draws its oomph from hearty Pale Ale malts. German Magnum hops are used for bittering only -- this style is not meant to have a ton of hop aroma or flavor. Pairs perfectly with corned beef and helps you drown out the incessant whining of your friend who insists on drinking green beer on St. Patrick's Day.
The Volitionist: We use a carefully measured balance of American and British Roasted Barleys, Flaked Barley, and Chocolate Malt to give Volitionist its distinct profile, along with hops that are known to do well in ales and lagers alike. By letting Volitionist ferment to total fruition, we were were rewarded by a huge degree of dryness, which in turn showcased the beer’s roasty subtleties.
The Volitionist shares all the similarities of a traditional American Stout and a Dry Stout, but the roastiness of our Dry Stout Lager is wholly unique to the concept. Since it's an undefined style, we chose to explore its potential all on our own, so we also consider ourselves "volitionists."
So, get ready to raise a pint and sing whatever Irish-ish drinking song your little clover-covered heart desires. Remember, we're all Irish on St. Patrick's Day. And beer drinkers.