We’ve been very pleased with our 4-vessel, 30 barrel Mothership. Chad, Dustin and the Worthy brew team have done an amazing job achieving an impressive array of premium quality beers on our new production system.
But it’s about to get crazy, in a good way.
On August 1, Worthy will spank the steel bottoms on its newest addition to the brewhouse family, our new 2-vessel, 5 barrel pilot system, which we’ve proudly named the Worthy Wunderkid. Naturally, she’s much smaller than her Mother, but this baby’s quick, resourceful and precocious.
She’ll be able to help us perfect the recipes we currently feed our Mothership. Our Wunderkid will also allow us the freedom to tinker with new recipes, new styles, new and exotic ingredients, and even recipes without a formal style. In other words, on this new pilot we’ll be able to probe new off-world colonies, sort of like in Blade Runner. Sort of.
Take a gander at her. The Wunderkid is built for speed, power and easy handling. One vessel is a combined mash and lauter tun. The other is the brew kettle and whirlpool. We will be able to brew twelve 50 liter kegs per batch, which is big enough to slake the thirst of our pub guests, but not so big that we’d feel too bad about deep sixing a batch that turned out to be unworthy.
With two mini-fermenters, we’ll have the capacity to brew up to six new seasonals every month. Imagine that, more than four seasons per month, every month.
From a practical standpoint, the Wunderkid will allow us to brew beers that wouldn't make sense on the Mothership. We’ll be able to use exotic or grotesquely expensive (or both) ingredients for special one-offs. We’ll be able to satisfy what may only be a small cross section of our clientele with strange or whacky brews (chili beer anyone? Bacon flavored beer?).
And, drum roll please, we’ll be able to experiment with experimental hops. Yes. It’s no secret Worthy’s big on bringing new and exciting flavors from genetically new and exciting hops to the ever-demanding and damn near insatiable craft beer drinking public. You guys and gals are smart. And you demand something new. Thanks to our friends at Oregon State and Indie Hops, by the year’s end we’ll be feeding our Wunderkid with new aroma hops that OSU and IH intellectually conceived and began breeding in 2009.
Where 10 pounds of hops would barely make up 30% of the overall hop bill on our Mothership, it could be the entire hop bill on our nifty Wunderkid. It will allow us to create truly unique "one offs" for our pub that no one else would have the ability to emulate. It is the equivalent of cooking for 2 versus 200. We’ll be able to shine the light on discrete ingredients or combinations of same.
Sours. Barley Wines. Barrel aged brews. Even traditional pilsners, lagers and hefes with a special twist or two.
Come on by in early August and be the first to decide whether any of our “one offs” got the legs to make it the Bigs.
Drats! That’s the sound of can-do “Beer.Boom.Done.” bravado colliding violently with the cool, quiet calmness of Beetopianism.
Bottom line: Mid August. We’ll be rolling out our Worthy IPA and East Side Pale first. Soon after that we’ll be canning our Lights Out Stout and Kolsch. Check out the labels.
We’re very excited to get the show on the road. Our very first purchase -- even before we poured our foundation for our brewery-restaurant -- was our Mother of All Craft canning lines. We selected the Vimercati because of it’s sterling record for quality. And we’re big believers in the hop flavor preservation, recyclability, tote-ability and chill-ability benefits of cans.
But we’ll just have to wait a bit longer. In the meantime, enjoy your hikes, bikes, boats and floats. And imagine an ice chest, or cooler, or back pack full of Worthy’s finest canned beers waiting for you at the end of the trail.
Oh, for a listing of accounts which carry Worthy beer on draft, please click here.
Our inaugural Worthy batch, Go Time or GTX, is gone, all 55 barrels. We appreciate your support and Worthy taste. We may revive it later if Chad and Dustin can remember the recipe. Have to say, the success of our baptismal batch is a strong omen for good things to come.
In a few weeks, we hope to have all of our fermentation and conditioning tanks in place. After that, it's full tilt. We're on schedule to begin canning and bottling in June. Can't wait to rev up our Maserati of canning lines. That baby's going to hum.
Also, we want to give a big Worthy Welcome to our recent brew house hire, Jacob Zuchowski. Jacob comes in with a strong pedigree, having interned at Three Creeks Brewing, Deschutes Brewery, Hangar 24 Brewing and Firestone Walker Brewing. The Big Zuchowski is a distinguished graduate of the UC Davis Master Brewers program. When not brewing, he's either sleeping or bowling.
Let’s face it, sometimes you just want a light, crisp beer you can drink. You’ve just spent a few hours in the garden, or on the trails, or returned from a long day on the job. You just want to relax and enjoy the mechanical act of drinking and the biological wonder of adult-style hydration.
Worthy Easy Day Kolsch is our answer to that need.
Our Easy Day Kolsch is a light, crisp, straw-colored beer that ‘s easy to drink and fun to savor. We brewed this quintessential German-style ale with imported Munich malt and a touch of wheat, added in Perle hops for bittering and Willamette hops for a hint of old Europe spiciness, and brought home with that tart green apple aroma with a true Kolsch yeast.
At 4.5% ABV, Easy Day is our lowest alcohol libation. An effervescent front end opens up to a soft mouthfeel that finishes with a dry and pleasant bitterness. It goes down as easy as it’s name suggests and titillates the tongue for another tug.
It’s not surprising that our staff compared Easy Day to a German-style lager. The give-away, however, is the look. Instead of a bright nearly see-through lager yellow, our cold-conditioned Easy Day is straw-colored and slightly cloudy as we did not filter our baptismal batch.
So, for those times when you want to kick back, soft-pedal, or cruise, and you’re thirsty for a malted beverage you enjoy with friends or in the quiet comfort of your lounge chair, Worthy’s Easy Day Kolsch is your reward.