Honey Amber Rose
Handcrafted Ale Brewed with Honey and Rose Hips

How Do We Make This Awesome Session Ale?

The process starts off like any other craft brewing adventure with one major difference. A generous helping of Honey Malt. This Honey Malt along with a few other Specialty Two-Row, Pale, C-40, and Munich Malts,  is what gives Honey Amber Rose that special “background” in its flavor profile.

So, What Are Rose Hips?

A Taste Of  Honey

Brewing Process

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The Lauter Tun is basically a giant rake and natural filter system that separates the grain husks from the sugary liquid, or “wort”.  The Lautering process rinses the mash with hot sparge water until all the sugars have been depleted.

Next, we add water and spin it a few hundred times in the Mash Tun to mix it up good. Then we adjust the temperatures to help the enzymes convert the starches into short chain sugars.  After about an hour or so of this, it’s time to send it over to the Lauter Tun.

The rose hip, also known as rose haw or rose hep, is the fruit of the rose plant, that typically is red-to-orange, but ranges from dark purple to black in some species. Rose hips begin to form after successful pollination of flowers in spring or early summer, and ripen in late summer through autumn. The “Fruit of the Rose” has been used for hundred’s of years. Rose Hips are particularly high in Vitamin C content, being one of the richest plant sources available. Rose Hip Shells contain Antioxidants and 20 times more vitamin C than regular fruits. They were used in brewing in the 1800’s, but without much success, because they didn’t have the technology to separate the rose hips shells from the seeds. Today, that’s no longer a problem.

Next, the wort is transferred to the Brew Kettle where it will be boiled vigorously for an hour or so. At various times during the boil, special hops will be introduced into the kettle for the bittering process.  The hops create that crisp clean finish to the ale.  The real secret to brewing Honey Amber Rose Ale is the addition of  locally grown Clover Honey and Rose Hips at just the right moment to give this ale that wonderful  flavor that we all love so much.

Locally grown Clover Honey is added at just the right time in the brewing process in order to take advantage of it’s special properties and gives Honey Amber Rose Ale that certain something  to offset the tart of the Rose Hips.

Are We There Yet?

Almost. The final  step in the process is the fermentation of all that delicious wort. This happens in a large vessel called a “fermenter” where specially chosen yeast is “pitched” or added in to the wort to start the fermentation process.  The brew is then monitored and tested daily until the fermented ale is just right for bottling. The time can vary, but generally it takes about two weeks.

After that, we put this amazing brew in a bottle and ship it out to you!