I have the pleasure of having an amazing brewery no more than 5 miles from my house, and I’ve only been there twice. Being a lover of all things beer, I’m rather ashamed to have to admit to how few times I’ve been there. Every Saturday they have growler hours, tours, tastings, and a food truck. Well, this past weekend I knew I had to go. DC Brau has been really active over the last year. They began production and distribution, recently they got in even more equipment that will up their production by over 60%, they are just starting to can two of their other beers, and they have done collaborations and special releases. This is all in their first year of business. I haven’t been around to see a whole lot of other breweries open, but I have to imagine this is pretty impressive for a brewery that is so young.
I really wanted to stop by this past weekend for multiple reasons. First, I managed to talk myself out of going to my normal beer store. They had a few new things in stock that interested me, but ultimately, I was able to convince myself my time would be better spent at the brewery. Secondly, DC Brau released their special release “Thyme after Thyme”. I have really enjoyed everything DC Brau has put out, but for an even better reason, I’ve actually tried everything they have released as well. I needed to keep my streak up. Finally, the last time I was there, I hopped in on the end of a tour and didn’t get the whole thing. I didn’t have a whole lot of time to spend there, so I really needed to get in and out. So I wanted the whole tour this time. Not to mention my wife wanted her own DC Brau t-shirt as well.
We got to the brewery a little earlier than the rest of the crowd, so I was able to get my first sample, my growler filled, and my wife’s t-shirt without much waiting. However, while hanging out in the tasting room for a little while, it really started to fill up quick. They had their Thyme after Thyme, The Citizen Belgian Pale, The Public Pale Ale, and The Corruption India Pale Ale on their tasting for the day. Thyme after Thyme is another great addition to an already impressive line-up. Since there is no real write up on any details of Thyme after Thyme anywhere, I emailed Jeff for a little description of what their description of the beer was. Here is his response.
THYME AFTER THYME
Belgian Style Winter Ale Brewed with Thyme and Sweet and Bitter Orange PeelIBU: 20ABV 9.0%MALTS: Pale 2 row, C-60, Munich, Aromatic and Carafa IIIHOPS: Falconers FlightADJUNCTS/SPECIAL INGREDIENTS: Dark Candy Sugar, Thyme and Sweet and Bitter Orange PeelYEAST: Wyeast 1762 Belgian Abbey II“If you fall I will catch you, I will be waiting, time after time.” Yes, I have to be honest, this 80’s hit by Cyndi Lauper was part of the inspiration in making this beer. “Thyme after Thyme” is our version of a Strong Belgian Winter Ale. Initial tasting leads to a zesty orange rind and herbal aroma. Mouthfeel has weight and comes across with a white grape and subtle, herbal character that coats the tongue and lingers with a glimpse of Thyme. Mild warmth on the tail end of the finish gives a small view into its lofty 9% abv.Both Orange peel and Thyme were added during the primary fermentation so as the beer developed the spices were slowly stripped away leading to a well balanced spiced ale that is a great companion for a comfy couch and a roaring fire.