Ziggy Zaggy Oktoberfest at NCBC September 28th!

Oktoberfest Poster

Neshaminy Creek Brewing and the Croydon Volunteer Fire Department present Oktoberfest 2013!

Come celebrate the release of our Fall seasonal lager, Ziggy Zaggy, as well as four other German-styled Neshaminy Creek favorites! Ziggy Zaggy is also a collaboration beer with Golden Avalanche Brewing, and we’ll be pouring kegs of their version as well!

Come on out and grab a fresh pour of…

Ziggy Zaggy Oktoberfest Lager
Golden Avalanche Oktoberfest Lager
Trauger Pilsner
Highwater Hefeweizen
Dunks Ferry Dunkelweizen
Churchville Lager

We’ll only pouring our German styles on this, the most glorious beer day of the year!

Not to be outdone, we’re going to have a ton of authentic, traditional, German food provided by Chef Jeremy Nolan and the great crew from Brauhaus Schmitz!

Oh, and we’re not done yet! Our good friend Jeff Baker and the Keine Django Bande are going to be playing traditional and not-so-traditional Oktoberfest tunes that’ll have you dancing on the tables in no time!

Proceeds from this event are being donated to the Croydon Volunteer Fire Department as well, so we both would really appreciate your support!

Entry is $10, and doors open at 4:00 PM, music starts at 4:30. Last call will be 8:45 PM!

We’ll be offering some great special and collectable items along with pre-sale tickets starting Friday, August 30th!  Go here for special online ticketing, pricing, and commemorative swag: http://www.inticketing.com/events/348358.

More information will be posted on www.neshaminycreekbrewing.com.

Questions? Call (215) 458-7081 or email us at neshaminycreekbrewing[at]yahoo.com

Ziggy Zaggy Oktoberfest Lager

Ziggy Zaggy Oktoberfest Lager

Here’s new beer Announcement #2 for today: Ziggy Zaggy Oktoberfest Lager.

We teamed up with our friends at Golden Avalanche Brewing in Kutztown to bring you this authentic, chestnut hued German Märzenbier to help celebrate the annual Volksfest in Munich, Oktoberfefst!

Traditionally brewed in March just before brewing was banned for the Summer, Märzenbiers are malty, smooth, clean, and rich lagers that have a distinctive malt backbone and complexity for a style that can be so understated.  Brewed with German Munich and Pilsen malts as well as German Hallertau and Tettnanger hops, this distinctive brew is conditioned at cold lagering temperatures for five months; some things you just can’t rush.  When we bottle and keg this beer in three weeks it will be a true Oktoberfest offering, one that will be prominently featured during our Oktoberfest celebration at the brewery Saturday, September 28th.  At 5.2% ABV it’s a crisp, smooth, and easy to drink beer perfect for the chilly Fall nights ahead.

Bottles and draft will be available in mid-September.  More details about our upcoming Oktoberfest celebration coming soon!

And as they say in Munich….Eins, Zwei, Drei….G’suffa!

Punkel Dunkel Pumpkin Ale

Punkel Dunkel Pumpkin Ale

Alright, new beer Announcement #1 today: Punkel Dunkel Pumpkin Wheat Ale.

No so long ago I swore Neshaminy Creek would never make a pumpkin beer. You see, it’s not that I don’t like pumpkin beers, it’s just the market is already oversaturated with pumpkin-this and pumpkin-that, and it seems like every year this brewery is trying to beat that brewery to the punch earlier and earlier, to the point that pumpkin beers are starting to show up on shelves in the middle of July. Everybody makes a pumpkin beer, so why should we?

Well, to be honest, making an interesting pumpkin beer that could standout is going to be a challenge. There are a lot of great pumpkin beers out there, and a lot of not-so-great pumpkin beers as well. Where would ours stand? We’ll let you decide, so here’s what we’ve got.

We decided to brew an imperial version of our Dunks Ferry Dunkelweizen, but in an unabashedly American way; pretty sure we’re not the first to ever do it, but a German wheat pumpkin ale isn’t something I’ve run across all that much, so it sounded like a good idea. It doesn’t hurt that we already make three German wheat ales, and have the perfect yeast strain to do it. In addition to the pumpkin added in the mash, a kettle addition of dark brown sugar, and cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice is paired with the banana esters and spicy clove imparted by the yeast. At 8.8% ABV it’s no slouch either.

Punkel Dunkel will be available in draft and 22 ounce bottles. Bottle sales at the brewery will begin Friday, September 6th, as well as through our distributors in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Fall is just around the corner.

The First 100 Days

So, here we are.  Our first 100 days of existence and we’re chugging right along. We’ve had our ups and downs, and hits and misses, but luckily I’d like to think we’ve had more hits than misses (not withstanding a few Internet beer judges on Untappd.com or BeerAdvocate that clearly know more about beer or our intentions when creating one than we do….yes we read that stuff from time to time and yes, you look like jackwagons).

Scaling up from smaller pilot batches to a 558 gallon brew is a lot easier said than done, especially when dealing with a system you’ve only been brewing on for 100 days regardless of how much time you’ve spent on a larger production system. After finally dialing in our water chemistry we moved on to nailing down our brew house efficiency, which was slightly higher than our estimated (and typical) 75 percent.  Because of that many of our beers, Trauger Pils and County Line IPA in particular, were coming out more malt forward than we had planned.  With that in mind we have made some adjustments and we’re pretty happy with the way things have been turning out over the last 45 days.  Also, we’ve done a bit of retooling with the hops in the IPA, switching up the Zythos and Simcoe so that we’re now using Simcoe at flame out in the kettle, which we feel is a big improvement.

Speaking of hops, we’re finally under contract for 2013, but unfortunately we’ve been locked out of Simcoe and Citra again, meaning we’re going to have to source those on the open market as much as possible for the remainder of 2012 and for all of 2013.  Lucky us, right?  We were able to secure Centennial and Chinook, which were completely sold out this year well before we even fired up the kettle for the first time.

We’ve also been hard at work getting our proper yeast pitch rates down so that we’re getting fully attenuated beer.  Since we don’t have a lab like bigger, fancier, older, more well funded breweries, we’ve been doing our best to calculate proper pitch rates for each beer so that they finish exactly as we intend.  Right now we’re really happy that our house Ale yeast strain is chugging along and kicking some ass.  Our Czech Pilsner yeast has been solid since day one too, which is somewhat surprising since lager yeast can be a bit more challenging by their very nature. Unfortunately we’ve been dealing with a few issues with our Belgian strain, and the last batch of Tribute Tripel finished a bit higher and sweeter than we would have liked, but we’re pretty optimistic that the latest batch of Tribute in the tank right now should get things back in line.  Keeping things in perspective, that’s more hits than misses, so we’re on the right track.

We’d really like to send out a huge thank you to everyone that came by on Leon’s launch day nearly three weeks ago.  The response to this beer has been completely overwhelming and we’re pretty stoked on the feedback we’ve been receiving.  We’re currently completely sold out at the brewery and we’ll only be brewing another 15 barrel batch that’ll be going directly into bourbon barrels once it’s done primary fermentation.  Outside of about 300 hand bottled 22 ounce bombers, you won’t see Leon again until March of 2013.

This past monday we finally launched distribution in New Jersey through our distribution partner, Hunterdon Distributors.  Thank you to everyone in New Jersey that has taken a chance on this little brewery from Croydon and picked up a keg so far.  We’re only available on draft right now, so check out this page and see where you can find NCBC beer so far in Jersey.

Thank you to Jeff and the great people at The Hulmeville Inn for hosting our first ever tap takeover last thursday.  Apparently you guys liked what we have been doing so far and woofed down a record amount of pints for any beer event at the ‘Ville.  Thank you so much!  Can’t wait to do it again!

We’ll have a more proper beer update shortly, but one thing I can tell you now is that we’ve been very overloaded with seasonals lately, and we’re going to be cutting back on those to keep everything in a nice schedule and right on track.  We’ve sort of been playing catch up since we only opened June 1st, and now that we’re finally in a groove things will be a bit more lined up from month to month/season to season.

I’m sure I could go on and on, but we’ll save that for another day.  In the meantime read this awesome article about Sam from Dogfish Head taking on Beer Snobs.  It’s a good, informative read, and something more people should take to heart.

Until next time…

Neshaminy Creek Floods the Hulmeville Inn – Thursday, September 6, 2012

Neshaminy Creek Floods the Hulmeville Inn
Thursday, September 6, 2012
6 PM

Neshaminy Creek Brewing is really excited to finally announce the beer lineup for our tap takeover at The Hulmeville Inn, Thursday, September 6, 2012. Jeff and the fine folks over at The Hulmeville Inn have been very supportive of this brewery even before we hit the ground running in June, and we can’t thank them enough for inviting us back and putting all these beers on tap.

To change things up a bit from the normal “keep the pint” night, we’re going to be offering free t-shirts to the first 36 people who stop on by and grab a pint of any NCBC beer. We’ve got a special design that we’ve been waiting to unveil just for this event, so don’t miss out!

Here’s what we’re going to have a on tap:

Tribute Tripel
Mudbank Milk Stout
County Line IPA
Trauger Pilsner
Highwater Hefeweizen
Croydon Cream Ale
Leon Russian Imperial Smores Stout
Poquessing Belgian Pale Ale
In the Midnight Sour

A quick note about the last two beers on that list…

- Poquessing Belgian Pale Ale is a pilot beer we brewed from the second runnings of Tribute Tripel, something commonly referred to as a small beer. We’re really excited with the way this beer turned out and we’re looking forward to brewing a few larger batches of this in the future.

- In the Midnight Sour is a Belgian Dubbel we brewed last year and have been aging in a Bourbon barrel for over one year. Not only that, we pitched the barrel with a strain of Brettanomyces and added some organic Bucks County raspberries and cocoa nibs too. There is currently only one sixtel and a few bottles of this beer, so this will be your only chance to try this beer until we do something on a larger production scale in the brewery. When will that be? Who knows.

So there you have, nine beers in total. Let’s have some fun!