Why we created the Rootlet series:
If you are a craft beer lover like us, you cherish the excitement and anticipation of “opening > pouring > looking > swirling > smelling > tasting” a new beer for the first time. We were pretty confident nothing could top the experience of trying a new beer until Granite Roots Brewing LLC was born.
We quickly realized that starting at opening a beer was only half the equation and by starting the experience with raw ingredients makes the excitement and anticipation of “opening > pouring > looking > swirling > smelling > tasting” a new beer for the first time heaps of hops more enjoyable.
How will the series work?
As a small batch craft brewery using as many local ingredients and no shareholders to answer to, we have the luxury to experiment as much as we like! And experiment we do! Over the past year we have released 12 new beers while continuing to brew favorites such as Moose on the Roof and Blue moose.
With the Roolet Experimental IPA Series we want to experiment even more but with greater focus and scientific rigor. To explain from a high level how we will be running this series we are going to use the root system of a plant and apply the concept to the IPAs we created to date.
Let’s start with the definition of a taproot: a large, central, and dominant root forming the center of the root system from which subsidiary rootlets spring. To date, Moose on the Roof has been our IPA taproot, the standard base IPA we used as a starting point for all of the other IPAs brewed.
Next the definition of a rootlet: small, fine, adventurous roots that grow from the taproot. To date the rootlets of Moose on the Roof have been, Atmoosphere, Monadstock and Doc Hollidaze. The majority of the experimentation for the three IPAs came in the form of different hops and tweaks to the grains we used.
Moving forward, each new rootlet experiment will be added to a Rootlet experimental IPA Series page where you can track the experiments over time, ingredients, etc.
In the future, when a Rootlet is just so damn delicious that we all can’t get enough of it we will put it into limited production. If we are all still in love with it after a few more brews it will become it’s own taproot, be given a new name and have it’s own rootlet experiments.
What you can do to get involved:
As we mentioned earlier in the post, we want to share the excitement of experimenting and the anticipating of tasting a new beer that you were involved with from start to finish. So here is how you can join the fun.
Sign-up to follow the creation of each new rootlet and join the discussion to help craft the final brew. Notifications will be sent at the following points throughout the brew.
– Recipe – choosing a new rootlet to experiment with
– Final recipe we will use for the brew
– How the brew day went and the unfermented wort gravity
– How the fermentation process is going – fermenting wort gravity
– Dry hopping/Carbing
– Final ABV & IBU
– Heads up on pre-release tastings when available