by Eric Doksa
Blackbeerd Russian Imperial Stout (9.3% ABV), COAST Brewing Company's winter seasonal, has become one of their most sought-after specialty beers.
On Saturday, Jan. 21 at 5 p.m., House of Brews in Mt. Pleasant will be tapping a rare 9-gallon cask of the 2012 Blackbeerd.
A cask-conditioned beer is unfiltered, unpasteurized, and naturally carbonated. No nitrogen or CO2 is added. What’s even more important is that this particular beer will be dry-hopped using Simcoe hops, adding a layer of complexity to the bouquet.
Hops are an essential ingredient in every beer recipe, adding flavor, bitterness, and aroma. Generally, they are added during the boiling process, which helps release essential oils. Dry-hopping is when they add more hops late in the fermentation cycle. Despite hops' bitter reputation, this process does not add much bitterness to a beer, if any at all. Dry-hopping adds some additional flavor, but mostly enhances the aroma of the beer.
And if a rare cask of Blackbeerd isn’t enough reason to head over to the House of Brews, live music will be provided by 17 South and Roti Rolls will be setting up shop in the lot for those that want to make this a foodie affair.
House of Brews is located at 1537-C Ben Sawyer Blvd on the way to Sullivan’s Island in Mt. Pleasant. Parking is limited so it would be a good idea to car pool. Visit houseofbrewsmtp.com or find them on Facebook for information on upcoming events.