By Summit Brewing
Brewery Announces Sixth Union Series Beer
Six months ago, Summit Brewing Co.’s Head Brewer Damian McConn used his Outlook Calendar tool to reserve the brew house for a day and kicked out all the other brewers. Armed with an authentic British recipe from the 1840s, he set about brewing the kind of classic Imperial Stout he liked to drink 20 years ago in the UK.
Aging since June 2017 at 50 degrees in a 300-barrel stainless steel fermentation tank, it’s possible that Russians operatives may have, at some point, hacked in and attempted to influence the final outcome. Often tied up with a number of other brewing projects, McConn explains “It’s easy to forget about a beer over six months of aging.” Every few weeks, however, McConn took samples of the beer and noticed it was slowly developing rather complex flavors and aromas of dark fruit, roasted malt, black licorice, and mocha coffee. At the same time, the ABV kept creeping closer and closer to 10.5% — very consistent with the strong Russian-style stouts British brewers first crafted in the 1800s to impress Russian czars.