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34th Latitude South African Hops

South African Limited Release hops! We have leveraged our way into securing an extremely limited quantity of rare South African hops JUST for homebrewers. Expand your brewing horizons with these special hops that you cannot find in the US. They are currently sold only to craft breweries in very small quantities. Be the first brewer in your club to try them out!

Farley’s Feature – This is Not Your Father’s AB InBev!

This is Not Your Father’s AB InBev

I first got into homebrewing in the early 1990s after I spent a year studying in Scotland. While I was there, I traveled the continent and tried a huge variety of beers. Coming from the United States, I found European beer totally mind-blowing. I discovered malty 90 Shilling Ale in Scotland, well-balanced bitters in London, refined and wine-like Trappist ales in Brussels, bready and clovey Hefeweizens in Germany, and hoppy and robust golden pilsners in Prague. It opened up a whole new world: I had no idea there was so much diversity of flavors and experiences out there to explore.

In 1993, I found myself back in the States. Apart from a handful of visionary brewing pioneers, the United States was largely a beer desert. It was in that environment that I started a small homebrewing shop that I named Northern Brewer.

Northern Brewer’s mission was to educate our customers about the amazing diversity of international beer styles and to help people brew those beers on a hobbyist-scale. It was quite a challenge to convince somebody to brew a lambic, a stout or an IPA when 99% of the beer being sold was an American lager made with corn or rice.

But an amazing thing has happened over the past 20-odd years. Everything has changed.

Today, whether you are in New York or Memphis, you can’t go into a restaurant without finding a variety of delicious, interesting, and often locally-produced beers on the beer list. Everybody, everywhere is demanding better beer. It is clear to me that homebrewers drove this change, transforming the United States into the most exciting and dynamic beer scene on the planet. And who are the proprietors of the thousands of new local breweries? Homebrewers like you and me.

So when I sat down recently and thought about our 20-year old mission — particularly the part about educating people about beer — I began to look around the office for a spot to hang the “Mission Accomplished” banner. And then the phone rang. On the other end AB InBev, the world’s largest brewer and parent of Anheuser-Busch. As you might imagine, I was more than a little skeptical that we would have anything at all to talk about.

What I soon realized is that this is not your father’s AB InBev! It turns out that the world’s largest brewer has also seen the light — which is something that was unfathomable even 10 years ago.

Our relationship with AB InBev is already paying dividends. We’ve joined the brewers at Goose Island to make an authentic homebrewed version of their wonderful Milk Porter. This is just the first in what will become a regular series of partnerships with brewers across the country. If there are particular beers, styles or breweries you’d like us to work with, send us an email or give us a call. We want to hear from you!

We’ve also been working with the AB InBev team to source ingredients that have never before been available to North American brewers. Southern Star — a unique, pleasant hop variety bred and grown in South Africa will be available later this month. You won’t find this hop available anywhere but Northern Brewer! We are also on a mission to bring European craft recipes to American shores through an exciting new program this year, and this is just the beginning.

AB InBev understands that today’s beer drinkers are looking for creative, flavorful beers that are produced by local breweries, often in settings like neighborhood tap rooms and brew pubs. And they are transforming their company to deliver that experience.

Over the past five or six years, AB InBev has assembled a truly remarkable portfolio of craft beer brands. While many craft beer fans were justifiably concerned that the world’s largest producer of “macro beer” would destroy these beloved breweries, they have in fact been allowed to operate independently and far exceed their dreams for reaching new levels of innovation with their styles and serving more beer lovers. When we agreed to join AB InBev, we did it so that we could continue our mission with a partner that shares our values about what beer can be. We want to enable tomorrow’s brewers to unleash their creativity, and continue to drive the brewing culture — not only in the United States, but throughout the world.

For our customers, of course we need to continue to earn your trust every day, just as we have since I started this business 23 years ago. Northern Brewer is still dedicated to helping you unleash your creativity and passion for great beer. We know the freshest and most exciting beer you will have this year is probably one that you made yourself. Knowing we will be moving forward in our mission with the proud backing and full support of our partners at AB InBev fills me with tremendous optimism for the future ahead.

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Brew. Share. Enjoy Brewery Series Kits

The Brew. Share. Enjoy.® Brewery Edition is unlike anything we have ever created before. For the first time ever, homebrewers like you will have exclusive access to the most sought-after, limited-release beers in the world, complete with first-hand insight from the world-class pro brewmasters who created them.

Goose Island Beer

For years, patrons of the Goose Island Tasting Room have enjoyed a privilege shared by a lucky few – exclusive access to the house favorite Milk Porter poured only at the Fulton & Wood taproom in Chicago, and nowhere else on earth.

Today…that changes. With the launch of Northern Brewer’s new Brew. Share. Enjoy.® Brewery Edition Kits, we’re making it possible for homebrewers everywhere to join the ranks of those lucky few. For the first time ever, homebrewers will have exclusive access to the most sought-after flagship and limited-release beers in the world. And we’re starting with a true classic – Goose Island’s legendary Milk Porter.

We partnered with Goose Island Brewmaster Jared Jankoski to scale this recipe perfectly for homebrewers while retaining every last drop of its decadent, deep chocolate hue and oh-so-sippable character.

Ready to taste it for yourself? Here’s everything you need to know to get started. Cheers!

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The BREW: Goose Island Milk Porter

This unforgettable Milk Porter actually has its roots in a Goose Island brewing throwdown. Every year, Goose Island employees from throughout the company get the chance to dream up and brew up experimental beers alongside Goose’s top brewmasters. One winning recipe is selected to be brewed and offered in limited release as part of the brewery’s Fulton & Wood series.

In 1995, a porter aged in rum, brandy and bourbon inspired by a holiday cocktail called the Tom & Gerry won top marks in the competition and soon became a taproom favorite. The brewmasters continued to perfect the profile, adding warm and spicy notes, along with a toasted, creamy character. The result is a Milk Porter that has become a Goose Island house favorite.

Our brewmasters partnered with Goose Island Brewmaster Jared Jankoski to craft a homebrewing recipe that perfectly captures the complex flavors and character of the Goose Island original.

The result of that collaboration is an unbelievably memorable brew that evokes the creamy essence of the eggnog cocktail that inspired it, along with notes of milk chocolate, nutmeg and a big, toasty malt backbone. It also conveys the complex flavors of barrel aging that have become a Goose Island trademark…without the barrel aging. A feature the brewmasters won’t stop talking about.

Brew plenty, because this is one beer that tends to acquire a following, and you’ll want to savor it as long as you can.

The Good Stuff: Brewing & Tasting Notes

BREWING
NOTES

SRM: 31

IBUs: 22

ABV: 6.6%

FERMENTATION TEMP: 65F – 69F

ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 1.079

TASTING HIGHLIGHTS:
Milk Chocolate • Approachable Roast • Smooth Body • Complex Creaminess • Malted Milk Balls

PAIRING HIGHLIGHTS:
Brie • Sirloin Steak • Spicy Chicago Dog • Swiss Cheese

Brewmaster’s Tasting Notes:

Dark chocolate porter with creamy tan-colored head. There is an aroma of milk chocolate and approachable roast. The flavor is amplified by a noticeable mouth coating smoothness and a lingering wood-like aftertaste. Chocolate, roasted malt, oats and a lactose backbone further encourage a uniquely inspired porter that sips oh-so-smoothly. Think Malted Milk Balls with a crisp, delicious finish.

Brewmaster’s Pairing Ideas:

Perfect with creamy baked brie or a nicely-seared sirloin. But it’s got the character to stand up to a spicy Chicago dog, too. Its crisp finish makes it ideal for foodies who want their brew to complement the meal instead of weighing it down. And its warm notes make it the perfect match for anything chocolate. Also, smoked brisket, Stilton cheese, beef stew and vanilla ice cream.

Meet the Brewmaster

Promoted to Goose Island Brewmaster in 2015, Jared Jankoski has built his brewing career on a near-fanatical devotion to both quality and innovation.

He’s helped shape the direction of the wildly popular Bourbon County Brand Stout series from the start and tackled this project with the same creativity and expertise he brings to every other Goose Island brew.

“Being brewmaster is about a commitment to quality from raw material to packaged beer, scrutinizing every process in between to always try to improve.”

The inspiration for Goose Island’s Milk Porter is the Tom & Gerry, a holiday cocktail often mixed with rum/bourbon, sugar, warm milk and nutmeg. “This beer was made to impress many of these flavors without actually utilizing them.”

“Similarly, the recipe takes the most desirable characteristics from the many stouts I’ve made in my past and combines them for the ultimate experience. Lactose and oats for mouthfeel and flavor, and a massive dark malt backbone to drive a delicate, but delectable flavor experience.”

Beer Lovers: Brew Your Heart Out

The Brew. Share. Enjoy.® Brewery Edition Kit is unlike anything we have ever created before.

For the first time ever, homebrewers will have exclusive access to the most sought-after flagship and limited-release beers in the world, complete with first-hand insight from the world-class pro brewmasters who created them. Here’s a peek at how we worked with Goose Island brewmasters to make that vision come true.

Brew Day at Goose Island

Amazing, right? With the Brew. Share. Enjoy.® Brewery Edition Kits, your brew day won’t be anywhere near this complex. But, after exhaustive testing and tasting, we can tell you the results are spot on. Our kit is the next best thing to an all-access brew day at Goose Island itself, because we’ve worked hand-in-hand with Brewmaster Jared Jankoski to get it just right.

The Milk Porter recipe and brewing process has been perfectly scaled for homebrewing, so you’ll be able to tap into nearly 30 years of Goose Island brewing innovation behind each kit.

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Java junkie brewers, this one’s for you.

How much coffee is too much coffee when it comes to beer? According to this Punch article on an all-coffee beer fest, there’s no such thing. We reached out to one of our favorite local, fair-trade bean bros, Peace Coffee Community Manager, Ryan Brown, for his take on the latest coffee beer trends.

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For your viewing pleasure: Brew Rebellion’s road to going pro!

If you’ve ever dreamed about opening a brewery, here’s your front-row seat. Next month, Amazon Prime will be airing “Barely Beer Barons,” a series offering a no-holds-barred look at what it takes to go pro, from the ground up. Spoilers: It’s a lot of hard work and even more heart. We’re pulling for the guys at Brew Rebellion because we know a lot of talented

Beer for all in Feb

10 reasons to toast the end of Dry January

A few of us here at Northern Brewer have bitten the bullet and committed to a dry January…otherwise known as the world’s longest month. Because as soon as the word got out, seems like every brewer in the building brought in some tantalizing bottle they needed notes on, ASAP. But the dry spell is over, and we’re ready to get back to enjoying these health benefits. If you celebrated Drynuary, too, here’s to you and welcome back!

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Beer Halls: A good excuse to get social

Know what’s a great cure for that? Beer halls! Seriously, there are not many things left in the modern world that encourage striking up conversation with a complete stranger like communal tables and good beer.

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Breweries that go above and beyond the generous pour

You’ve heard of do-gooders, right? Say what you will about 2016, but according to this Porch Drinking article, there were a whole lot of brew-gooders making the world a better place last year. Kudos to the breweries who stepped up (as if filling it with beer wasn’t enough). While you won’t find the Northern Brewer team shooting a “Beerdoir” Calendar for charity (you’re welcome!), we are proud to support Pints for Prostates with donations supporting prostate cancer research.