Our "field day" with Healthy Harvest of North Iowa last month has inspired us a bit and we're making more of an effort to brew with local ingredients. Marcy and Steve (shown here) from Twisted River Farm in Mitchell visited a few weeks ago and helped us prep some of their fresh basil for a new beer we're calling "Citra Basil Pale Ale."
After a really good clean, we added the basil and hops at the same time to an already-fermenting beer. The process of this end-of-the-line hop additions is called dry hopping. (If you want to watch Brewer Jake dry hop a normal beer, click here.)
A few weeks later we debuted it at Twisted River Farm's Healthy Harvest Field Day event. We celebrated our brew by sitting next to the field where the basil came from and drinking two pints.
Thanks so much to Marcy and Steve for the awesome basil and our many years of beer-soaked friendship. :-)
The beer is available in the taproom starting Wednesday, August 15!