Thursday, August 30, 2012

New Banner at the Westminster Restaurant

banner old There isn’t many times where I post about stuff that is happening outside our brewpub, but today I felt like making an exception. 

The old banner is going on 8 years old and has incorrect information on it (plus it was boring black and white).  So Dol asked me to get a new sign made.  banner new This one was done by my buddy Scott at Vinylworks in Wheat Ridge.   I installed it this afternoon in the mist of the wind.  If you are looking west, check out the mountains, but if you are looking east, check out the new BUFFET sign in Westminster.


Monday, August 27, 2012

Peach Wheat 2012

Colorado Peaches are ready!  So also will be the Peach Wheat from Yak and Yeti which features Colorado Peaches.  Last years posting informed us that peaches are really stone fruits related to the almond.  Read more interesting facts here.

Release is Wednesday August 29th at 4PM.


LoonyToon Tripel

If you are asking yourself “what a loony name for a beer?”  Maybe a background story will help.

I have always really liked the Belgian-style beers that are made by Unibroue located in Chambly, Quebec, Canada.   Maudite, La Fin du Monde, and Trois Pistoles to name a few.   I was able to procure some of their house yeast and decided to produce a Belgian-Abbey-style Tripel (ex. Westmalle Abbey Tripel.)   These are golden in color and deceptively strong in alcohol dominated by fruit and ester flavors and aromas.

LoonyToon Tripel is 8.2%, calculated 31IBU’s and gets it’s name from Canadian money.   For those who have visited Canada, they don’t have paper money for bills under CAN$5.  Instead they use $1.00 and $2.00 coins.  The $1 has a picture of a waterfowl (Loon), so they call it a “Loony” and the $2 looks really cool with two different contrasting metals but is just affectionally known as a “two-ny” or “toony.”  Canadian yeast + nickname of money = LoonyToon Tripel.  As Paul Harvey used to say, “And now you know the rest of the story.”

The release is set for Friday, Aug 31st at 4PM.  Served responsibly in 10oz Belgian glass (snifter) and sorry, US$ currency is only allowed for purchase. :)


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Roasted Hatch Chili Wheat 2012

For those who love the JalapeƱo Lena but have been bugging me relentlessly for making a roasted pepper beer, this one is for you!  Roasted Hatch Chili Wheat is made with Hot Hatch chilis from the Lowell and 64th intersection stand which many of our regulars suggested and prefer.   The guy at the stand was really nice and was not pushy nor too passively rude.   He gave me a sample of the hot hatch, which had lost quite a bit of the heat from roasting, so I thought, why not put a whole pound in the keg.   [as a side note: capsaicin is soluble in alcohol]  As a result the finished keg is much hotter than I thought and makes the Lena medium/mild in comparison.   Too hot for you?, try a 50/50 blend with the Victorian Sunrise wheat beer. 

For those who like the heat, come in the air conditioned Yak & Yeti and try some Roasted Hatch Chili Wheat released today (Wed Aug 22) at 4PM.


What is Kasuri Methi and why did you put it in a beer?!

Kasuri Methi is the Indian name for dried fenugreek.  I spiced a Belgian-style beer I call Fenugreek Belgian Special.  This will be released as soon as the Oaked Himalayan IPA first batch runs out. (don’t worry, that’s coming back in a month!). 

Fenugreek is used in all sorts of Indian and Pakistan dishes used either in the seed form, or the dried leaves.  I really like the aroma of the dried fenugreek leaves as they smell sweet and remind me of celery, fennel and sweet onion.  Don’t worry this weird description actually tastes awesome and is more dessert-like (like putting vegetables in a cookie….gross!  until you have a gingersnap or carrot cake, am I right?).  

To give you some more info on fenugreek:

  • 80% of the world’s output is from India
  • Some Ethiopians use it as a cure for diabetes
  • Some Yemenite Jews eat this daily and ceremoniously on the 1st/2nd night of Rosh Hashana
  • the seeds are thought to increase the milk production in lactating women
  • the seeds are rich in Galactomannans
  • universal spice for many foods

Some food uses for Fenugreek (besides beer flavoring):

  • Potatoes
  • Chicken, lamb, seafood
  • Lentils, beans
  • Curries
  • Mussels
  • Cabbage
  • Alu Gobi
  • Soups

Come give the FBS a try, it will be tapped early during the week (Aug 27th, 2012)


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Raspberry Wheat 2012

One of my favorite types of fruited wheat beers – Raspberry.  Last year’s posting is here.  Released at 4PM on Wed Aug 15th at the same time as the Tom Selleck’s Amazing Double Pilsner.


Amato’s Ale House Collaboration

Amato's brewday - Tom Selleck This is the 2nd posting about the release, but I’m pretty excited.  I included a pic of the 3 guys from Amato’s that came and co-brewed this batch of Tom Selleck’s Amazing Double Pilsner.   Remember if you show up either to the Yak and Yeti Brewpub or to Ale House at Amato’s you get a free faux moustache with every purchase.  Wed at 4PM at the Yak or Thurs at 4PM at Amato’s.

Get your Magnum P.I. on!


Monday, August 6, 2012

Cantaloupe Wheat 2012

First off before people say that Colorado cantaloupes are poisonous and can kill you with listeria, please understand a few things.

My understanding was this: last year, one batch of cantaloupe from Jensen Farms was hauled in a trailer that had previously been hauling manure.  Not a fruit issue, but a delivery/logistics issue that caused the outbreak.   That being said, all cantaloupes in Colorado are safe this year!  (Not sure listeria would be able to survive the alcohol in a beer, but I’m also not willing to find out.)

Cantaloupe Wheat was released last year and was a huge favorite and our number one selling flavor from the Wednesday Wheat beer series!  You can read the post about it here.

This year we’ll release the beer at 4PM on Aug 8th.   Yak and Yeti’s beers have been listeria-free since 2008!


Ale House at Amato’s and the Yak & Yeti Brewpub Collaboration release parties

What happens when Ale House at Amato’s and the Yak & Yeti Brewpub brews a collaborative beer together?  You get Tom Selleck’s Amazing Double Pilsner!”  The only beer name that rivals the length of our Bockbier.

A 6.6% ABV and 25IBU pilsner that uses yeast from the Czech Republic also has been aged on hint of toasted oak for that special touch.

The party starts on Wed Aug 15th at 4PM at the Yak & Yeti Brewpub and everybody who buys a glass will receive a free (self-adhesive) faux-moustache so you can look like a true Magnum, P.I.

The party continues on Thursday Aug 16 at the Ale House at Amato’s located at 2501 16th Street  Denver, CO 80211 (near the walking bridge at I-25 or across I-25 from the Denver Beer Company).  Fake Moustaches abound at this release party as well!

Get in touch with your inner Tom Selleck, buy a beer, get a ‘stache!