An ode to Anchor Brewing Co.’s annual holiday release Our Special Ale with advice gleaned from former longtime Anchor Brewmaster Scott Ungermann.
Homebrew Chicha Beer (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain)OG = 1.048 FG = 1.010IBU = 0 SRM = 2 ABV = 5.1% This is a more traditional, rustic version using homemade and
Cervecería Quiteña’s Fandango clone (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain)OG = 1.040 FG = 1.002IBU = 0 SRM = 2 ABV = 5% My deepest thanks go to Andrés Erazo of Cervecería
Fairgate Gingerbread Stout (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain)OG = 1.088 FG = 1.021IBU = 51 SRM = 50 ABV = 9% Ingredients8.8 lbs. (4 kg) North American 2-row malt2.1 lbs. (0.95 kg) Munich
Based on a recipe from the mid-19th century, Coriander Ale is yellow to yellow-gold in appearance. Its aroma is moderately spicy with a fruitiness from the coriander seed. Fruity esters from the British Ale yeast are married to the citrus notes of the coriander and there is a lingering impression of heat from the chili peppers. There is also a soft well-rounded malt character reminiscent of honey and moderate hop bitterness.
The base of their Ginger Pale Ale is a traditional mid-19th century English pale ale but with fresh ginger, honey, and a moderate dose of hops added. This beer is golden in color, aromatically floral with underlying notes of spice and hops. Despite being a dry beer, Ginger Pale Ale has a deceptively sweet character that balances the strong ginger spiciness with the hops playing a supporting role. If you don’t have toasted malt, perhaps substitute Munich malt.
Gordon Strong’s traditional amber spiced pumpkin ale recipe, a classic example of what would come to mind if you ordered a pumpkin beer a decade ago.
An unspiced squash tripel recipe courtesy of Will Meyers, Brewmaster at Cambridge Brewing Company in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Icarus Brewing Co.’s Pineapple Hindenburg clone (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain)OG = 1.064 FG = 1.016IBU = 17.1 SRM = 6 ABV = 6.2% This recipe was born out of a collaboration with the Ocean
Lindgren Craft Brewery’s Clarks Ferry Swankey clone (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain)OG = 1.030 FG = 1.004 IBU = 15 SRM = 10–15 ABV = 3.5% Ingredients1.8 lbs. (0.82 kg) 6-row malted barley1.8 lbs. (0.82