On Tap (1/29)
Passion Fruit Popper – 5.0% ABV: There are few fruits more distinct than passion fruit. Nearly 600 lbs of the fruit brings a bright tropical aroma and snappy acidity to this pale sour beer. A quick mixed-fermentation with Lactobacillus and Conan adds stone-fruit depth.
Columbia, MD – 5.2% ABV: A new hefeweizen with bold banana aromatics, complimented by lemongrass from dry hopping with Cashmere. Along with a hint of vanilla from our house English strain the effect is almost bananas foster. A wheat beer for winter weather?
Threat Level Morning – 5.7% ABV: We scaled down the recipe from our first ever stout (Threat Level Midnight). Our goal was to reduce the alcohol, without sacrificing the flavor or body. For this half of the batch we added 5 lbs of Vigilante Coffee’s Sumatra Kerinci beans. The mixture is toasty and roasty blending malt and coffee, with plenty of sweetness to balance. Threat Level Noon to follow.
Findle Bindle – 5.9% ABV: We love Mosaic hops for their blend of berry-fruity and herbal-dank flavors. A few months ago we brewed a DIPA called Fundle Bundle with a blend of Mosaic pellets and concentrated Cryo; think of Findle Bindle as its Pale Ale little brother. Nearly as much Mosaic (5.5 lbs/bbl total) crammed into a smaller more-drinkable package!
Hallow Bright – 6.3% ABV: Name a more iconic duo than Citra and IPA.. I’ll wait. We brewed this new hazy IPA with Citra in the kettle, Citra in the dry hop, and double-concentrated T45 Citra for a second dry hop. The result is luscious melon, citrus, and vanilla aromatics. Sort of like Rings of Light, but 50% more everything!
Not Out of the Woods – 6.7% ABV: This hazy IPA brewed in collaboration with Idiom (Frederick, MD) is loaded with twice our usual amount of oats for an extra-creamy body. Combine that with double dry-hopping with El Dorado, Mosaic, and Idaho 7 for an aroma that walks the line between watermelon candy and Pacific Northwest herbaceousness.
Snip Snap – 7.9% ABV: We started this fourth batch of our favorite hazy Double IPA by dry hopping it with 44 lbs of 2019 Citra for melon and citrus aromatics… then dry hopped it again with 44 lbs of 2019 Galaxy for passion fruit and tropical aromatics. It’s rich, but with enough bitterness to balance the juicy flavors.
Concrete Leaves – 7.9% ABV: For our first dubbel we stuck close to the classic style. We combined Belgian malts ranging from ultra-light Pilsner to raisiny Special B with caramely dark candi syrup. We employed a classic Belgian strain from a famous monastery-brewery to create a balanced peppered-banana character. Low hopping, as this beer finishes relatively dry compared to most of our beers.
Disadulations – 10.0% ABV: Stout can be delicious year-round, but when the weather turns colder we want a bigger, richer, sweeter stout! Disadulations is the successor to Boom, Roasted! but with more malt, a thicker body, and 10% alcohol. Toasty roasty cocoa and fresh coffee, layered on a toasty English malt base.
Crinkum – 11.5% ABV: We aged a caramel-forward imperial stout in South American rum barrels with a few vanilla beans. When it was ready we blended in 20% of a fresh batch of extra-roasty imperial stout. The result exudes brown sugar, butter rum candy, and coffee notes.
** Variants are only available for growler fills to Sap or Founders club members in their Magic Growler. All other beers are available in growlers.
Not Out of the Woods – 6.7% ABV: This hazy IPA brewed in collaboration with Idiom (Frederick, MD) is loaded with twice our usual amount of oats for an extra-creamy body. Combine that with double dry-hopping with El Dorado, Mosaic, and Idaho 7 for an aroma that walks the line between watermelon candy and Pacific Northwest herbaceousness. 4-packs $18/each. ~50 cases remain.
Order to Chaos #1 – 7.7% ABV: This batch is a blend of the base beers for Elliptical Orbit 2019 and Opulence all aged in red wine barrels. We added subtle amounts of cranberry and fresh navel orange zest to brighten the flavor and create a sour ale that has warming flavor for the winter. 500 mL bottles $16/each, limit two-per customer. ~10 bottles remain.
Elliptical Orbit 2019 – 8.0% ABV (500 mL bottles): In 2008 Mike and his friend Alex Howe began a tradition of homebrewing Dark Funky Saisons each fall. The recipe and results evolving and revolving over the last decade. Elliptical Orbit is our scaled-up spin on the fourth iteration, with cold-steeped dark malts, Zante currants, and dates. We aged it in Maryland Chambourcin red wine barrels for more than a year. The result is layered with dried fruit, bright acidity, cocoa maltiness, and leathery Brett. The first entry in a renewed tradition.
Opulence – 7.8% ABV (500 mL bottles): With each step of the brewing process our goal was to saturate Opulence with rich dark fruit flavors. We began with a base of toasted and caramelized European malts to deliver fig and plum. Fermentation with a red wine strain enhanced the jamminess of the early dose of dried sour cherries. Aging in Bourbon and Pinot Noir barrels creates oaky depth. A final infusion of fresh local sour cherries from Baugher’s Orchard (Westminster, MD) instills a bright cherry pie aroma. In the glass, vanilla and coconut aromatics derived from the charred American oak are a unique accompaniment to the cherry and almond from the fruit. Firm acidity and fresh leather aromatics from the prolonged mixed-fermentation provide balance. Watch the brewing process.
First Blush – 8.2% ABV (500 mL bottles): We love working with other breweries, but sometimes it feels like we all have similar ideas. When our friends at Old Westminster Winery & Vineyard (Westminster, MD) had pomace left over from pressing Chardonnay grapes we added it to a pale beer and fermented with a combination of our two house wild cultures. A few months later we transferred the beer into Chardonnay barrels with Spanish cedar. Finally giving it a flavor and color boost with whole Cabernet Franc grapes. The result is akin to a Blush or Rosé, with moderate tartness, a light fruitiness of red and white grapes, and zesty grapefruit aromatics from the Spanish cedar.
Coriolis Force – 5.0% ABV (16 oz cans): We are sold out of “to-go” cans of our Southern Hemisphere Pilsner (brewed in collaboration with Elder Pine and Cushwa), but we held onto a few cases for a little variety in the tasting room lineup, considering we don’t have any other lagers available.