Dovetail Open Brew Days

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 8:00 AM to Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 7:00 PM
1800 W Belle Plaine Ave
60613 Chicago , IL

DOVETAIL BREWERY LAMBIC-STYLE OPEN BREW DAY
April 11-12, 2018

8am-7pm: Mash-In; Turbid Mash; Lauter; Boil

10am: Emptying coolship from previous night’s lambic-style brew day, and into barrels
5pm: Wort pump over into coolship (AKA the Brewer’s Spa)

[Note: All times are in -ish. It’s a long brew day]

Repeat the same process the following day. You can spend both days with us; one day with us; or just join us for the pump over into the coolship on Wednesday, and come back on Thursday morning to see the coolship wort after a good night’s rest get pumped into barrels.
Our brewing season for these beers is short — and we take advantage of any day we can: if the temperature is too warm, the wort will take too long to cool — leading to non-pleasant flavors. On the flip side, if the temperature is too far below freezing, there may not be enough microbes in the air to kick start fermentation. So, our brewing schedule is subject to change due to unpredictable Chicago weather. If this is the case, we’ll have a standard brew day (which is still pretty fun!)

Let us know if we can expect you during any of the days, so we know how many meat and cheese plates we should order (really, this is just an elaborate excuse for a meat and cheese plate). You may RSVP via this link:  https://goo.gl/forms/hDUqbWaJmipLfuH82

TASTING PREVIEW: DOVETAIL BREWERY KRIEK-STYLE BEER (Name TBD)
During these Open Brew Days, you’ll also be the first to preview our Kriek-style beer. The base of this lambic-style beer (60% pilsner malt; 40% unmalted wheat; aged hops; and cooled overnight in our coolship to capture wild florae) was brewed in the Spring 2016.

It then matured in barrels until August 2017, when it was racked over 2,300 pounds of Balaton cherries from the Leelanau Peninsula in Northern Michigan, which is also notable for its wine production. Approximately 100 pounds of cherries went into each barrel selected for the beer.

After waiting another year as the beer and cherries did their thing, we’re incredibly excited to finally release it, our second bottle release, and our first spontaneous beer. We expect to release it to the public around our the end of the summer.

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Jeff, 

Jeff, 

Is this invite for Chaos members only or is it open? I have some Lambic-crazy friends who might want to attend.

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It's open to anyone, so they

It's open to anyone, so they're more than welcome to attend!

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Are we expected to stay the

Are we expected to stay the whole time? Not that it isn't a mechanically interesting process, but turbid mashes can be...difficult.

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Nope, come and go as you want

Nope, come and go as you want.