Fresh hopped IPA, Octoberfest, new ferementers and more at Goshen Brewing Company


By: Eric Strader

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There is plenty going on at Goshen Brewing Company, so if you haven’t had a chance to stop in recently, you may have missed something.

Several new releases include All Rye All Rye All Rye (imperial rye IPA, 7.7 percent ABV, IBUs 82), Stone Bridge Stout (American stout, 6.3 percent ABV, IBUs 49), and the newest, Highland Stranger (Scottish export, 5.2 percent ABV, IBUs 20).

The All Rye was a favorite of mine with a nice dry spiciness from the rye and earthy bitter finish from the Mosaic hops.  

All Rye All Rye All Rye imperial rye IPA brewed with Mosaic hops at Goshen Brewing Company. Eric Strader/Hop Notes

They have both been gone for a week or so now, but Goshen Brew Co. released a couple of tasty barrel aged treats recently, as well. Brewer Jesse Sensenig aged some of his Biz Czar imperial stout (7.5 percent ABV, IBUs 62) in both Journeyman Ravenswood Rye and Featherbone bourbon barrels.

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Generally I prefer bourbon barrel aged beers over rye whiskey barrel aged beers, but in this case, my favorite was the Ravenswood. There are more beer filled barrels in the cellar that I’m looking forward to. At this point, I have successfully managed to taste every beer that Jesse has put out, which has required checking in regularly.

Unfortunately, the brewery is only filling growlers on Sundays in order to keep beer from running out in the tap house.

But don’t worry, more fermenters are on the way, including three 7-barrel fermenters, a 1-barrel fermenter and a 7-barrel brite tank. These are expected to arrive sometime late this month in order to increase the production capacity. This will allow them to get their beer into the local restaurant scene, as well as to offer growlers daily.

One of my biggest Goshen Brew Co. excitements happened a couple of Sundays ago. It was my first Sunday at the brewery and when I arrived, I smelled the aromas of brewing going on. This probably shouldn’t be a surprise at a brewery, however, this was not your regular everyday brew.

The previous day Jesse had visited Hootenanny Hops Farm in Plymouth, and returned with 15 pounds of fresh Cascade hops. Most hops are processed and pelletized or frozen for use throughout the year, but if harvested and used fresh, they can impart much more intense flavors. By the time I arrived, he was transferring the fresh hop beer into the fermenter and cleaning out the mash tun.

To see a photo of Jesse adding the fresh hops, go to the Goshen Brewing Co. Facebook page.  

Jesse told me that he is focusing on the hops, and that it will be on the lighter side, ending somewhere in the 5.8 to 6 percent ABV range. He kept about five pounds aside to dry hop with, which will begin in the next day or two. He expects that it will be ready sometime next week. Keep watch on the facebook page for a tapping announcement.

Looking forward to Octoberfest this year? Time to dust of those lederhosen and brush up on your polka!

Goshen Brew Co. will be teaming up with Ignition Music to host an Octoberfest event on Saturday, October 3 featuring five bands on the lawn: Anne McCue, The Go Rounds, The Tumbleweed Jumpers, The Fury and The Marty Miles Band.

Also music from the Vinyl Wagon, German beers, food, games and plenty of shenanigans! Again, watch the facebook page for more announcements about this event.

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