Every year at least once, we find ourselves in a room with a couple thousand other brewers listening to the Director of the Brewer’s Association, Paul Gatza, say the following, “If making quality beer is not your number one concern. Quit now.”
We agree wholeheartedly. Our beers stand out for their high-quality. Not for packaging innovations like blue mountains or punch out flow tops. Not for scantily clad womens’ affinity for them. Not for being “lower calories” or “less filling.” We make them to taste great.
Last week in Denver, we got to test our beers against the country’s best brewers, those whose ethos of “make great beer,” echoes our own. Turns out, we are doing things right.
At the Great American Beer Festival®, the Brewers Association’s grand poobah of American beer competitions sent us home with two medals this weekend. Red Rock, one of the original three Triple Rock beers, came home with a bronze, and Rye Smile, one of our newest creations under head brewer Jeff Kimpe, took home silver, bookending 27 years of directing all of our blood & sweat straight into the beer (uh, figure of speech).
Red Rock won silver in the “American-Style Amber/Red Ale” (a style swept by the Bay Area, by the way) and Rye Smile’s silver was in the “Rye Beer” category. Red Rock’s one of our standards, on tap almost all of the time (including right now), and while Rye Smile’s gone for now, it will be back. We’re just waiting for Head Brewer Jeff Kimpe to awake from his celebratory hangover to find out when. [ETA: next week, thankfully] Either way, Triple Rock & our kickass beers are here to stay (and dare we say, our other beers ain’t half-bad, either). For us, it always has been and always will be all about the beer, and some of the best beer drinkers in America just gave us props for it. Thanks.
And we did it without making any gd mountains turn blue.
Originally posted October 8th, 2013
Today we’re releasing Hazy Jane Saison out into the world. This one features 20% rye in the grist, so this one is going to especially be for you fans of the drier, spicier saisons. It’s soft, dry and perfumey, with subtle spiciness from the rye and pepper from the yeast strain. 6% ABV & 30 IBUs.
We’re not done there, though. Our ongoing Single Hop Experience continues in the Southern Hemisphere today with SHE Topaz hitting the taps today, featuring the Australian hop. This pale ale’s got a huge grapefruit aroma followed by grapefruit and lime zest flavors. 5% ABV & 55 IBUs.
Up next this week will be the return of Roll Another Number Rice Ale. You may remember this from May as our Longshot winner (and a mercifully refreshing beer under the hot Booneville sun). From May: The mash was 35% flaked rice, with rice hulls used for the mash bed. It was lightly hopped with Cascade & Mosaic, to let the subtlety of the rice shine through. It should clock in at about 4.5% ABV, which should make it a very light, crisp beer which’ll be great on our deck during the warm days this May. Man. Four months later and the East Bay weather hasn’t slouched a bit. If you want a taste right from the source, though, make sure you don’t slouch, as most of this batch is slated to hit the road, destined for taps all over the Bay Area.
Proper Lunch IPA is the next scheduled brew. The beer’s still doing its thing, but what we can tell you we’re working with the Berkeley Food Pantry to help make sure the less fortunate of Berkeley & Albany get a proper lunch of their own. More details about the beer & the Pantry are forthcoming… keep an eye out on out Twitter & Facebook feeds for that.
This week also marks the return of the Great American Beer Fest- the big gran’pappy of American beer fests, help every year in Denver, CO. We’ll be doing Berkeley proud in the Brewpub Pavilion in booth PUB32. As we mentioned before, we’ll be bringing:
Pinnacle (English-Style Summer Ale) Bug Juice (American Pale) IPAX (American-Style India Pale Ale) Red Rock (American-Style Amber/Red Ale) Black Rock (Robust Porter) Stonehenge (Foreign-Style Stout) Grisette Superieur (Other Belgian and French Ale) Rye Smile (Rye Ale or Lager with or without Yeast)
Longtime East Bay resident/GM Jesse & native Michigander/Head Brewer Jeff will both be repping the Rock, so go say hi. They’ll probably want someone to talk to, since after the A’s/Tigers ALDS, they won’t want to be speaking to each other.
Originally posted September 19th, 2013, before our site ate it.
Man… it’s been a busy summer here in Berkeley. It’s been unseasonably warm pretty much all year, which means downtown Berkeley has been at its finest and berzerkerliest, and the Rock is having one of its best years ever (which is saying something, because it’s older than a lot of you ankle-biters reading this).
First off, one last reminder that Jeff, Jesse, and Reuben will be representing Triple Rock tomorrow at The Breastfest at Fort Mason in San Francisco. It’s one of the most popular fests in all of San Francisco, and- obviously- it supports a great cause. You can still get advance tickets online, and save ten bucks off tomorrow’s door price.
In other news, our last post told you all about Leadbelly & Midnight Special, our two Ales for ALS beers. While those are still flowing, there’s plenty more good shit coming through our taps here at Triple Rock.
Our Assistant GM Kurt sadly lost his best buddy Gus (shown above) last week, so we took it upon ourselves to pay our respects to him by naming our next beer after him. Loaded up with Carpenters Ranch, Magnum, & Cascade hops, it’s a biscuity, lemony dry-hopped pale ale… think lemon creme cookies. On July 4th, the crew & attendees at the Rock raised a toast to Gus at 2pm, but there’s nothing stopping you from offering a toast to Gus yourself while it’s still on tap.
In the pipe now is what head brewer Jeff Kimpe’s calling “Tumble Wheat.” It’s not your typical American wheat beer. Jeff’s going more for the southern Bavarian style, which is going to be darker and more full-bodied than the ones we usually see on the West Coast. It’ll be on as soon as we have a tank open, so if you want to try it, do your damn part and come drink the beer that’s on now. In the meantime, you can just salivate at this sample pulled from the fermenter:
Speaking of beer, if you’re out & about in the Bay, you know there’s a lot of good places to grab a brew around these parts, but unfortunately none of them carry our fine ales, right? WRONG. The more eagle-eyed among you might have seen a familiar tap handle pop up at your local beer bar. Triple Rock ordered a new fleet of kegs, and we’re now distributing to a few select beer joints in Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco. We will be throwing ourselves a proper release party, of course, so stay tuned for that, but in the meantime, keep an eye out for a Triple Rock tap at your friendly neighborhood watering hole.
In other news, Triple Rock is indeed registered for The Great American Beer Festival, occuring every fall in Denver. We’ll be submitting a full slate of our beers, and expecting to bring home some more hardware. We’re sending:
Pinnacle (English-Style Summer Ale)
Bug Juice (American Pale)
IPAX (American-Style India Pale Ale)
Red Rock (American-Style Amber/Red Ale)
Black Rock (Robust Porter)
Stonehenge (Foreign-Style Stout)
Grisette Superieur (Other Belgian and French Ale)
Rye Smile (Rye Ale or Lager with or without Yeast)
This year, Triple Rock will be participating in the Ales for ALS program. B.T. Loftus Ranches and Hopunion donate a special blend of hops to brewers across the country, and proceeds from the resulting beers goes straight to ALS TDI.
Head Brewer Jeff Kimpe’s a bit of a music guy, so he decided to draw inspiration for the ALS beer from Lead Belly, the Louisiana blues legend who succumbed to ALS after a 13-year career as a blues musician. He also has the distinction of being in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, and the Library of Congress.
Throw a couple Lead Belly songs on your playlist, and come down to Triple Rock next Wednesday to try the first of our Ales for ALS beers. And if you can’t make it to the Rock, swing by one of these participating Northern California breweries to help support ALSTDI: Bear Republic, Drake’s, Faction, Iron Springs, Russian River, Sierra Nevada, and Third Street.