Crooked Lane Brewing Company

Year: 2018

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The Pilot Batch

What, smaller not bigger? Yes, sometimes smaller is better.

The pilot batch program at Crooked Lane Brewing Co. (CLBC) was developed around the same core quality standards as our large scale production, but with a focus on ultimate creative freedom. We are free to explore niche classic styles, as well as wildly experimental beers and ingredients. Producing just two kegs of beer at a time, the sky is the limit in determining what to brew, as well as giving our staff the creative license to take a chance on a new idea.

Our pilot system produces 1 Bbl (31 gallons) of finished beer as compared to 15 Bbl (465 gallons) on our large production system. This smaller volume remains extremely fresh during its time on tap in our tasting room. We take in customer feedback on our latest brew, and often scale up the ones we love.

On this foggy morning, we are brewing our Alt beer, Alt 49. Alt Bier is a traditional German style from the Dusseldorf region along the Rhine River. Unlike the paler Kölsch-style ale from Cologne we are better know for, Alt is brown ale with more malt character, but also has complex yeast and European Noble hop flavors. Following a cool fermentation and extended conditioning period, Alt comes together with lager-like qualities. The use of traditional German noble hops provides a slightly spicy and herbal character that pairs very well with the bready and biscuit-like malt backbone. The keys to success for this style are good balance between malt and hops and a restrained fermentation character.

We are targeting release for Alt 40 on January 4th.

Adrian Psuty
Co-founder and Head of Brewing Operations

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There’s only one thing missing from the Sacramento beer scene: women brewers

Auburn’s Crooked Lane Brewing is a lot like most of the breweries around Sacramento. Their beer comes in pint cans. They have a fruit-infused milkshake IPA. They have a cool tasting room and a patio lit by dangling strings of lights.

But there’s one thing that stands out: the brewmaster is a woman.

We checked with the area chapter of the Pink Boots Society — an organization of women interested in brewing. We asked brewery owners. Out of 84 Sacramento-area breweries, Teresa Psuty of Crooked Lane was the only one we found.

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Tastes like winning

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Sacramento News & Review

At the 2018 Great American Beer Festival, Crooked Lane took home the bronze in the German-Style Kölsch category for Veedels Brau.

Crooked Lane co-owner and head brewer Teresa Psuty was also in Denver to accept her award, and she was particularly satisfied to be recognized for the brewery’s hyper-traditional take on Kölsch.

“It’s very near and dear to our hearts,” Teresa says. “We have really tried to make it the most authentic Kölsch-style beer that we can and having that beer win at GABF was such an honor …”

Teresa was first introduced to the style by her husband, Crooked Lane co-owner Adrian Psuty, whose work for a German biotech company frequently took him to Cologne, where the light, crisp, cold-conditioned beer style was born. Adrian brought his enthusiasm for the beer and its surrounding culture and aesthetics back to the states, where he began experimenting with his brewing partner Teresa.

“We started working on that Kölsch as a recipe as home brewers and went through a bunch of iterations,” she says. “When we started the brewery, that was one of the first beers we had on [tap].”

At the Crooked Lane taproom in Auburn, Veedels Brau is served in the traditional, thin and cylindrical stange glass that holds 200 milliliters. As with Mystery Airship 4.0 at New Helvetia, Crooked Lane customers devoured the newly minted beer as soon as the award was announced.

“The moment we won, we sold out all the rest of the Kölsch that we had, so I was scrambling to make another batch,” Teresa says.

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Crooked Lane Medals at GABF for 2nd Year in a Row

By Sonya Sorich – Digital Editor, Sacramento Business Journal

California breweries received the most medals at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver this past weekend, and the list of honorees includes several Sacramento-area businesses.

The event is the largest beer festival in America and attracts nearly 62,000 attendees through four sessions in three days, according to the Denver Business Journal.

Crooked Lane Brewing won a bronze medal for their German-Style Kölsch, Veedels Bräu. This beer has been recognized in several other commercial beer competitions but none as big as GABF.

Crooked Lane also took home gold for their Doppelbock, Wobblor in 2017.

Read the article to see the list of the 2018 Sacramento-area winners.

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2 Year Anniversary

Friday, September 14 through Sunday, September 16

Crooked Lane’s turning TWO, and you’re invited to celebrate with us! With SEVEN commemorative beer releases, fresh swag, and live music each and every night, you’ll have plenty to savor. We’ve laid all the right vibes to make this a special weekend, so come join your Crooked Lane friends for weekend festivities heretofore unmatched in time and space. We’ll only turn TWO once, after all.

The Beers

  • The Divine Sphere: Our barrel-aged blend of Russian Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon and Whiskey barrels for six months, Divine Sphere is rich and complex with dark chocolate, cherry, toffee and caramel notes overlaid with delicious bourbon and oak character.
  • Diablo’s Delight: Were releasing two versions of Diablo’s Delight… one with Raspberries and the other with cherries – both were fermented with Brettanomyces, Lactobacillis and Pediococcus in a freshly dumped Merlot barrel for 8 months, and what resulted was pretty magical. The raspberry recently won a silver in the California State Fair Commercial Beer Competition. We’ll also have a beautiful painted glass to enjoy this tasty barrel-aged sour in!
  • Carmen Mandarina Milkshake IPA: When sweet, tangy mandarin combines with creamy malt, milk sugar, and vanilla, the results are surprising and delightful, even flamboyant… Carmen Mandarina will get your taste buds to the dance floor!
  • Swamp Angel Hazy West Coast IPA: IPA evolution has become a revolution. Swamp Angel takes what you love about West Coast and New England-Inspired IPA’s and creates a third, beautiful flavor profile. She is juicy, but also dank; she rocks citrus flavors but delivers a hop punch. Taste buds take flight!
  • Oktoberfest Vienna Lager: Rich with German malts, our Oktoberfest Vienna Lager represents the style faithfully with toasted malt flavors and aromas, brilliant amber color, and a crisp dry finish.
  • SR16 DIPA in a short-run commemorative can: Originally brewed to share with fishing buddies on an epic chase for Steelhead on the Salmon River, SR16 inspires with a sense of adventure in IPA satisfaction. A double that drinks like a single, you won’t believe the burst of Citra and Amarillo hops reside in an 8.5% Double IPA. One taste and you’re hooked. Consider yourself warned.
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Hop Rhapsody


There are times in life when something is placed in front of you that is far too precious to ignore or simply pass-off as anything less than extraordinary. Meet Hop Rhapsody. Get yours at Crooked Lane.

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SACRAMENTO BEE: Urban Roots, Crooked Lane win gold at the U.S. Open Beer Championship

Sacramento-area brewers cleaned up at the U.S. Open Beer Championship on Sunday, with nine breweries winning medals in 14 styles and four claiming their division’s top prize.

California breweries as a whole combined to win 37 medals in the competition’s 110 categories. Beers were judged by experts from the U.S., Canada and England, and there were 6,300 total submissions from as far away as South Korea.

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SACRAMENTO BEE: Everything from craft to ‘Old School’ is on tap here

If there is one remaining impediment preventing casual and corporate beer drinkers from fully embracing craft beer, it would be the relentless trendiness.

“Old school” beer fans don’t necessarily like the nonstop turnover of tap lists, the over reliance on beer nerd-baiting styles or the way that fruit goes in everything now.

They have a point: go to any craft brewery in the area, and you’ll be lucky to find a style that isn’t some sort of IPA, pale ale, pastry stout or sour beer. However, peruse the tap list at the Crooked Lane brewery and taproom in Auburn (one of the best-looking tasting rooms in the region), and you always see traditional styles like hefeweizens and Helles lagers.

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THE SESSION Podcast with Brewmaster, Teresa Psuty

Joining the long list of homebrewers-who-listened-to-The-Brewing-Network-and-turned-pro, Teresa Psuty from Crooked Lane Brewing Company came into the studio today to talk about all things Crooked Lane. Teresa cam from a biotech background, and after attending brewing school – as well as learning from some of the best brewers in the state – she decided to open her own place up in Auburn, CA. Crooked Lane runs the spectrum of beers they produce: from Helles to Doppelbock, NEIPA to plain ol’ IPA, Teresa works hard to make sure she does the beer justice.

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COMSTOCK’S: Queens of Craft Brew

A 2014 study of the craft beer world by Stanford researchers showed that women filled only 21 percent of the top leadership roles in the industry. That figure is depressingly low, but the level of female executive representation in craft beer still greatly outpaces industries like finance, health care and information technology.

To get the view from the top, Comstock’s spoke with a few women brewery owners in the Capital Region about their diverse backgrounds, their paths to leadership and their thoughts on getting more women into craft beer.

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