On the heels of the release of Surly's Bandwagon, a new West Coast-style Indian Pale Ale that will be exclusively available at Target Field, Schell's Brewery, the company that gave the world Grain Belt Premium and more recently Grain Belt Nordeast, announced the launch of a new, limited release brew--the Czech Dark Lager.
This is the fifth beer to be produced and released in the New Ulm-based brewery's Stag Series, a collection of "limited edition, experimental brews released periodically throughout the year." Other beers in the series include Barrel Aged Schmaltz's Alt, Burton Ale, and Rauchbier, among others. So what will this new addition bring to the table?
Schell's says it drew its inspiration for this new brew from the house beer made famous by U Fleku, the world's oldest brewpub, located in Prague. "We tried to keep this brew as traditional as possible," says brewer Jace Marti. "We used a special floor-malted, Bohemian Pilsner malt that was hand-turned at an original floor malting facility in the Czech Republic." Schell's also kept with tradition by using a decoction mash--a long, energy-intensive process that was first used before temperature controls were widely available. And the result?
The brewery describes the new lager as "a medium-bodied Czech specialty that has a dry, toasted, dark bready malt character and spicy earthiness. It has a pleasant aroma of fresh grain with hints of licorice and dark fruit."
Unlike the Surly brew we reported on yesterday, this beer will be widely available in local liquor stores. We'll let you know of any bars that plan to have the beer on tap as well. Hopefully at an establishment with lots of meat and kraut on the menu.
Schell's is the second-oldest family-owned brewery in the United States and the oldest brewery in Minnesota.