KROC club member (kroc.org) and Birko Corp employee Dana Johnson is one of the few that got to brew on our pilot system here at the Yak. The Very Berry Stout is made like a traditional English-style stout but Dana has made several changes that make this unique. First we added Grape Nuts in the mash. Dana adds Grape Nuts to all his beers, apparently as a yeast nutrient. Then in a 1/2 bbl batch, we added an entire box (20 bags) of Celestial Seasonings Wild Berry Zinger Tea! This gives the berry punch to the dark chocolatey backbone. The beer came in at 38IBU and 6.2%ABV.
You’ll have to give it a try, we release the beer at 4PM on Friday Feb 22nd and Dana will also be around for answering questions (or for being congratulated on a job well done!)