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.
Co-founder and Head of Brewing Operations