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Imperial Jack at 21st Amendment Brewery

The New Year got off to a pretty incredible start for us here at the Elizabeth Street Brewery. We were invited to brew a strong version of our ESB at the 21st Amendment Brewery for their Strong Beer Month coming in February. Each year, 21st Amendment and Magnolia get together and brew a dozen or so “strong beers” to be served during the month of February. This year, our very own strong version of Grandpa Jack (Elizabeth Street Bitter) will be on tap for folks at 21A.

Introducing Imperial Jack
Getting to brew on such a large system twice in just a matter of months was a true honor and amazing opportunity. Brewers Jesse and Shaun had the idea of doubling our ESB recipe from the GABF last year to create an “Imperial ESB”. A bitter that will boast an A.B.V. of around 8.5%, the beer had almost double the grain bill of our last batch (went from 550lbs of malt to 1,036 lbs). We knew we were onto something special from the very beginning.

Richard & Shaun get ready to brew Imperial Jack at the 21st Amendment
Richard & Shaun get ready to brew Imperial Jack

Shaun and I mashed in and the sparge went off without a hitch. Unfortunately, I had to take part in a conference call for my day job during the boil so Shaun handled the majority of the hop additions before I rejoined him for the end of the boil and the grain clean-up. Jesse tagged in for Shaun for the end of the brew when we added the yeast and transferred the wort to the fermenter. All-in-all it was a great day and I can’t wait to brew on that scale again sooner rather than later. Here are some highlights from the day:

Imperial Jack recipe snapshot
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Shaun adds hops to Imperial Jack
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Imperial Jack Transfers to Fermenter
Imperial Jack Transfer to Fermenter

Yeast blow-off after 1 day in fermenter – we’ve got a wild one here!
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VIDEO: Adding yeast to the fermenter

VIDEO: Transferring Imperial Jack to the fermenter

Imperial Jack will be on tap beginning February 1 at 21st Amendment Brewery. See you there!

Cheers!
Richard.

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Had a couple of pints of the Imperial Jack on Friday at the 21A. GOOD STUFF!!!

Posted by: Anuj @ 3:54 pm // February 7, 2010

I’m going to be up there this weekend!

Stoked to try your beer.

Posted by: Michael Skubic @ 5:59 pm // March 1, 2010

[...] All, Well, I’m still feeling numb from the whole experience in Chicago last week but the capper to it all was that the Imperial ESB called “Imperial Jack” named after my late Grandfather, that I brewed with the good folks at 21st Amendment Brewery, won Gold in the Other Strong Beer category at the World Beer Cup 2010 Awards Dinner. You can see the brew day report HERE. [...]

Posted by: Michelle @ 11:30 am // April 19, 2010

[...] All, Well, I’m still feeling numb from the whole experience in Chicago last week but the capper to it all was that the Imperial ESB called “Imperial Jack” named after my late Grandfather, that I brewed with the good folks at 21st Amendment Brewery, won Gold in the Other Strong Beer category at the World Beer Cup 2010 Awards Dinner. You can see the brew day report HERE. [...]

Posted by: Amy @ 10:05 pm // April 22, 2010

Had a couple of pints of the Imperial Jack on Friday at the 21A. GOOD STUFF!!!

Posted by: Bruce @ 3:22 pm // May 21, 2010

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