L’Intérimaire is a unique Belgian style ale brewed in collaboration with Megan Parisi, Brewmaster of the up and coming Bluejacket brewery based out of DC, which will be opening in early 2013.
Megan, Sam, and our Pub Brewer Ben got together and started kicking around ideas early this spring and the result of the brainstorm session was a base beer roughly in the style of a Belgian Saison, brewed with malted wheat and spelt, honey, Belgian rock candy syrup and Verjus Rouge. The beer was hopped solely with a newer French hop variety named Aramis, similar in flavor and aroma to German noble hop varieties.
Two special varietals of honey were added to this brew in the kettle – Hawaiian Macadamia honey, which is dark, nutty, and rich; and a local Wildflower honey from Zitvogel Farms in Bridgeville, DE, an extremely light colored honey with an intriguing apple-spice character. The beer was then fermented with a traditional Saison yeast strain.
Once fermentation was complete, the beer was cooled and transferred over to our conditioning vessel, and blended with an exotic grape juice from Fusion in Napa Valley called Verjus Rouge (pronounced vair-ZHOO), which is juice produced from unripened grapes. Before the grapes ripen, the acidity content is high with the sugar content low, and the juice made from these grapes has been used as a cooking ingredient since Roman times as an alternative to vinegar, and was highly popular in 14th and 15th century Paris.
Intérimaire is French for “interim”, a testament to Megan’s collaborative work leading up to the opening of Bluejacket, and the French speaking origins of the beer style, hops and verjus. The outcome is a beer with a subtle pale pinkish hue, similar to a light Rosé wine. The aroma is highlighted by vinous verjus and cracker, and the flavor follows with delicate acidity and grape notes balanced with layers of restrained malt and spicy yeast.
L’Intérimaire will go on tap Monday, 10/22/13 and will be available until it is all gone.
Due to limited availabiilty, our Brewpub Exclusive beers are not available in growlers.
Original Release Date:
GT2 (8930) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at CK for the release. Pours a low haze, orange/gold. Medium to higher carbonation with spotty, white lace. Nose is cidery, red apple, yellow apple. Taste is apple sauce, older apple juice box. Big cidery off flavors.
Travlr (14159) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at Churchkey, with Sam Calagione looking over our shoulders. Cloudy golden color, small white head. Aroma of citrus. Taste is sweet citrus. Decent.
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - NOV 15, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap @ the brewpub-Clear light yellow pour w/o much head. Sweet, fruity aroma. Sweet flavors of honey, grapes, some floral hop, some grain. Light & sweet, but more mead like than belgian. Wasn’t too crazy about this one, just OK.
DiarmaidBHK (3597) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at brewpub. Pours light orange with a thin white head. Slightly sugar note on the nose that resembles candy sugar. A bit of pepper on the tongue balances out the sweetness. Finishes clean. Solid for style but I’m not sure any beer could live up to such an epic description.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Serving: Draft at the brewpub in Rehoboth. It pours a light gold color. Slight honey nose. Earthy and sweet on the tongue with a slight tang. Odd floral notes. Very interesting. Semi saison like but darker.
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