Q&A with Rob Knighton
Today, September 8th, we are releasing HYPER SPACESHIP LAGER on draft. This is our 2017 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) Pro-Am collaboration beer with homebrewer Rob Knighton. The Pro-Am competition is an opportunity for commercial breweries to team up with homebrewers to vie for top honors. The GABF Pro-Am entries are served during the Great American Beer Festival at the Pro-Am booth.
Rob, who won the award for 2016 Eastern Pennsylvania Homebrewer of the Year, also recently won a gold medal, with a hefeweizen, at the 2017 National Homebrew Competition in Minneapolis, held back in June.
We sat down with Rob to ask a few questions about the creation of HYPER SPACESHIP and more:
-How did you come to work with NCBC for this beer?
Rob: Back in February, Keystone Homebrew hosted its annual “War of the Worts” homebrew competition. This beer won first place in the light lager category. All the winning entries then go to the best of show round. In that round of judging Jeremy selected my Festbier to scale up and brew at NCBC. The beer ended being selected as the overall best of show beer out of 729 entries.
-What was the inspiration for Hyper Spaceship Lager?
Rob: There wasn’t any real inspiration. The Festbier style was added with the latest BJCP guidelines revision. I was just attempting to brew an award-winning example of the style.
-What are your predictions for Hyper Spaceship in the GABF Pro-Am?
Rob: I predict nothing less than GOLD…lager will be poured in Denver, that I had a blast brewing with Jeremy, and the rest of the guys at NCBC.
-Favorite style of beer:
Rob: I’m partial to lagers, personally, but I love so many styles it’s hard to pick just one. Have to pick one; Bavarian Helles.
-Favorite NCBC beer:
Trauger Pilsner is my definitely my favorite, but while I was there, I tasted about a dozen beers that were fantastic.
Thanks to Rob for his time and for working on this beer with us! If you want to give HYPER SPACESHIP a sip, stop in TODAY at the Taproom!
Bottles of HYPER SPACESHIP LAGER will be available at our OKTOBERFEST celebration, and of course, it will be flying out with us to GABF, October 5-7!
See you in Denver!