Earl, Josh and I brewed a Mocha Brown Ale a couple weeks ago. Well now its ready to bottle and unless I’m completely worthless tomorrow, Josh and I are going to bottle it. Once that’s done, it should be ready to drink in 2 to 3 weeks (Super Bowl anyone?). This leads me to a very important question:
What should I brew next?
Earlier this year, before heading out to an always awesome Transfer show at Old Ironsides, Jackie, Jeff, Matt and I had a Chimay Blue Ale and it was fantastic.
Then, a few months ago, Jackie and I had an amazing trip to Santa Cruz and went to this kickass restaurant, Red. They have a very extensive beer list and I had my first Chimay Red Ale. It was out of this world.
After having 2 really freeking good Belgian beers (made by real monks!) I’m leaning toward brewing something similar to one of the Chimay’s.
But, I really like pale ales and IPA’s. I mean, I grew up in Chico. Home to Sierra Nevada Brewery. I shop at the same home brew shop that Ken Grossman himself started for chrissake. But alas, I’ve already made both a pale ale AND an IPA. So there’s that.
I need your help (Brian, where are you?). Should I brew something I’m familiar with and love (pale ale/IPA) or try something new (Chimay).