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Batson River Brewing has expanded our brewing operations to our new Wells, Maine facility. This move more than triples the amount of beers we’re able to produce and lends itself to some pretty exciting things like limited release cans, rotating draft menus in all our locations, exciting collaborations, and genuine fun in the beer industry. Check out some updates from the brewery and learn more about craft beer from our expert brewing team right here in southern Maine.
August 8, 2022
A crispy clean and hoppy refresher comes directly from our new Wells, Maine brewery space with our latest cool release, Cold IPA. This is a beer style that’s been gaining some attention lately, it focuses on crisp and clean fermentation alongside distinctive dryness. Similar to that of a kolsch. It’s a modern IPA, however, so it gets bombed out with big doses of juicy and tropical hops at multiple stages in the process.
Fermented at the cooler end of the range for ales temperature-wise, this beer focuses on crispness and a lighter body than other modern IPAs. Super dry and crisp, we double dry hopped this beer with Mosaic, Belma, and El Dorado for juicy tropical and citrus aromas. We also hit this beer pretty hard with whirlpool hops, ensuring an alluring bouquet of hoppy goodness in every sip.
Grains used: 2-row, Vienna, Munich, Carafoam
Hops used: Belma, Mosaic, El Dorado
ABV: 6.6% (recommended full-pour: 16 oz. pint glass)
July 27, 2022
We’ve got a new beer coming out this week, another one from our new facility in Wells!
Layers of dark and crystal malts give this brew a deep color and complex malt profile. The addition of in-house roasted “Conquistador” coffee beans from Costa Rica amplifies the rich coffee, chocolate and roast characters that the grist bill presents. Slight fruit notes add complexity, we took the coffee beans and made a cold brew with them. This means a low-acidity and complex coffee addition. Although this brew is a rich and dark one, we kept the body light and the abv manageable, so even in the heat of summer this beer is crushable.
Grains used: 2-row, Maris Otter, Malted Oats, English Crystal Malts, Roasted Barley
Hops used: Chinook, Crystal
ABV: 5.1% (recommended full pour: 16 oz. pint glass)
Cheers, hope everyone has a great week!
July 18, 2022
Bear Island – Honey DIPA
Barbe Rouge, Mandarina Bavaria, Belma, and Motueka hops give this brew a unique aroma profile. Paired with honey malted oats and a small amount of actual honey, these hops are floated to create an interesting citrusy, berry-sweet aroma. Clean ale yeast keeps this beer under wraps and surprisingly dry considering the perceived honey-sweetness. Plenty of oats means this brew has a solid degree of body and a velvety mouthfeel.
Grains used: 2-Row, Honey Malted Oats, Flaked Oats
Hops used: Mandarina Bavaria, Belma, Barbe Rouge, Motueka
ABV: 8.2% (recommended full-pour: 12 oz. globe)
Sea Trial – IPA
This beer was our “maiden voyage” on our new brewhouse at the new Wells facility. We went for something we all felt comfortable and confident with: a straightforward, hop-forward IPA. We shot for a crisp, clean, balanced brew. Azacca, Citra, El Dorado, Amarillo, and Lemondrop hops made their way into the beer. There are plenty of citrus aromas and some underlying tropical notes. Sure to be a crushable summer ale, this beer is approachable, with medium to moderate clean bitterness and a medium body with a smooth mouthfeel.
Grains used: 2-Row, Maris Otter, Flaked Wheat, Flaked Barley
Hops Used: Azacca, Citra, Amarillo, Lemondrop, El Dorado
ABV: 6% (full-pour: 16 oz. pint glass)
A blended farmhouse ale, we used a mix of different yeast strains including a couple of brettanomyces strains. “Brett” is a type of wild yeast species that is typically seen as a spoilage organism in beer, however it is used in a number of classic styles of brewing, whether intentionally or as a consequence of antiquated brewery practices. These wild yeasts tend to attenuate the beer to a completely dry point, meaning beers made with them are incredibly low in sugar. Brett can also impart some funky flavors that aren’t found in “clean” beers. You might find aromas that can be described as horsey, barnyard, leather. In addition to these “farmhouse” compounds, wild yeasts also tend to throw off some cool fruit aromas that can come across as pineapple, pear, fruit candies. This all makes for some of the most intriguing beers. This one in particular was made with ME wild blueberries and citrus peels (grapefruit and lemon) to accentuate those funky flavors.
Grains used: Barley, Wheat, Oats
Hops: Saaz, Simcoe, Amarillo
ABV: 6% (full-pour: 16 oz. pint glass)
July 11, 2022
Hope y’all had a great weekend. We’ve got a busy week of brewing ahead of us over in the production facility. Now that we’re up and running we will soon have beer in the taprooms that was created in Wells which is totally cool! Keep an eye out for “Sea Trial” it’s the first beer we made on the new set-up and is a classic American IPA. Although we haven’t carbed and packaged the beer yet, it’s smelling great in the fermenter and will hopefully be hitting the taps in the very near future.
July 5, 2022
Something old & something new! This week an old favorite and a new flame make their way to the draft list;
Otter Point – English Summer Ale
This British summer ale is brewed with ingredients from the UK: Maris Otter malt, East Kent Goldings hops, and English ale yeast. This flavorful, food-friendly pint marries a biscuity maltiness with herbal, earthy hop notes. Low grav, totally sessionable, pleasant little brew.
- Grains: Maris Otter
- Hops: East Kent Goldings
- ABV: 4.5% (recommended full-pour: 16 oz. pint glass)
Dark Mild – English Dark Ale
This sessionable brew uses ingredients from the UK to present layers of flavor in this malt-forward beer. Very little hop character, this beer cares about fruity English yeast character intermingling with layers of malt character. Notes of chocolate, honey, caramel, plums, raisins, and biscuits can be found in this surprisingly crushable pint.
- Grains: Maris Otter, Biscuit Malt, Golden Naked Oats, C-15, DRC, Chocolate
- Malt, Midnight Wheat
- Hops: Chinook
- ABV: 4% (recommended full-pour: 16 oz. pint glass)
June 27, 2022
It’s all about the hazies on this weeks’ draft list!
Foggy Harbor – Hazy DIPA
This is a hazy and full-bodied double IPA brewed with Sultana, Idaho-7 Cryo, Cascade, Citra, and Azacca. Big notes of pineapple, mango, nectarine, resinous ganja, and a touch of clean pine. This beer is oated-out with a layered malt bill that provides a rich landing pad for this all-star hop line-up. It finishes smooth and ever so slightly bittersweet. Hop heads will really dig this one.
- Grains: 2-Row, Maris Otter, Pale Ale Malt, Flaked Oats, Flaked Wheat, Malted Wheat, Malted Oats
- Hops: Sultana, Idaho-7, Azzaca, Citra, Cascade
- ABV: 8.2% (recommend full pour: 12 oz. snifter)
Egret Lane – NEIPA
This hazy has a lighter body than Foggy Harbor. Juicy notes of passion fruit, clementine, and peach are the main tasting notes we came up with. On the drier side for the style, this hazy is one that won’t leave you feeling like you just ate a 3-course meal. A classic NEIPA hop bill is given a somewhat modern update by the use of a “thiolizing” yeast strain, familiar hops become something more complex in this beer.
- Grains: Pilsner, Flaked Wheat, Flaked Oats, Malted Oats, C-15
- Hops: Mosaic, Citra, El Dorado, Cascade
- ABV: 6% (recommend full-pour: 16 oz. pint glass)