This recipe from Matt Gallagher, brewmaster at Half Acre Beer Co. in Chicago, is a nice Amarillo-focused American strong pale ale (but you could also call it an IPA). It’s great for highlighting two different hops, but it could easily be used to evaluate a single varietal as well. It is best consumed during the summer months surrounded by nature.
Batch size: 5 gallons (19 liters)
Brewhouse efficiency: 72%
8 lb (3.6 kg) 2-row malt
1.5 lb (680 g) Vienna
10 oz (283 g) flaked oats
0.25 oz (7 g) Warrior at 60 minutes
0.5 oz (14 g) Amarillo at 30 minutes
0.75 oz (21 g) Amarillo at 15 minutes
1.5 oz (43 g) Amarillo at whirlpool
0.5 oz (14 g) Centennial at whirlpool
3.5 oz (99 g) Amarillo at dry hop (day 6 of fermentation)
1 oz (28 g) Centennial at dry hop (day 6 of fermentation)
White Labs WLP051 California Ale V
Mash at 145°F (63°C) for 60 minutes, then rest until conversion is complete. Boil for 90 minutes. Pitch the yeast and ferment at 65°F (18°C). Dry hop on day 6 of fermentation (when fermentation is slowing down), crash the beer on day 10 to 31°F (0°C). Wait a week or two before packaging.
Maplewood Brewery and Distillery: Telling Stories Through Beer
Chicago’s Maplewood Brewery & Distillery can tell a lot of stories. There’s the tale of being the only brewery/distillery in Illinois. The legal thriller of losing their original name. But the best story of Maplewood is the sagas its telling with beer.