Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Council Brewing's kiss of tartness

Something spontaneous, something new at the Magic Factory

Part of this juicy IPA was kettle-soured to make it taste even juicier.
Part of this juicy IPA was kettle-soured to make it taste even juicier.

Council Brewing Company is set to launch a spin-off sour brand. The Magic Factory was initially the name given to Council's second production suite, which sits across the industrial park from its main Kearny Mesa brewhouse and tasting room. It's separated by a parking lot and, as Council cofounder Curtis Chism points out, exactly five speed-bumps — a number familiar to Council brew staff after shuttling totes of beer between the spaces for nearly two years.

Place

Council Brewing Company

7705 Convoy Court, San Diego

Since May 2015, Council has been finishing its flagship Beatitude tart saison series there, with a parade of fruits and a proprietary blend of bacteria and yeast. However, the space has now been outfitted with three foeders, where 15- and 30-barrel batches of sour ales await release as Magic Factory beers in the spring. First up for the new label will be the March bottle release of Lickable Staves, a cabernet-barrel-aged sour red ale with Balaton cherries.

In addition to the foeders and offshoot label, Council has been pushing a creative expansion with a couple of recent collaborations. Humming Wires was brewed in Monterey, in collaboration with Alvarado Street Brewery, which happens to be headed by former San Diegan and Amplified Ale Works cofounder J.C. Hill.

Curtis Chism describes the beer as an "IPA with a kiss of tartness." While making it, "one third of the batch was kettle-soured to lower the pH just a touch to really enhance the fruity profile of the beer." As people associate sourness with fruit, the blended kettle-sour accentuates that aspect of the juicy IPA.

A second collaboration proved more spontaneous. Eighteen months ago, Council head brewer Liz Chism told the Reader, "If you're not using your brewhouse, you're not making money." So, in mid-January, when shipping delays postponed a planned bottling run, she and husband Curtis found another way to make use of the time.

They invited Toolbox Brewing Company head brewer Ehren Schmidt over for a lambic-style, spontaneous beer experiment. In a spontaneous beer, no yeasts are added to the brew; instead, an open fermentation vessel is used so that whatever yeast floating in the air ferments the beer.

After exposing the first batch to the air of the Magic Factory, the collaborating breweries brewed the same wort at Toolbox's Vista brewhouse, where Schmidt keeps a small lab to cultivate his own strains of bacteria and yeast. The idea is to wait a year, then taste how the differences reveal themselves in the final beers.

Traditionally, Belgian lambics incorporate aged hops that are no longer bittering but still prevent the beer from becoming infected by unwanted microorganisms. In this case, three-year-old Crystal hops, described by the brewers as having a blue-cheese aroma, were added to a brew of under-developed pilsner malts, plus both flaked and unmalted wheat.

"Depending on how it turns out, we'll likely do a blend of the two, in addition to unblended releases," says Curtis Chism. Schmidt suggests the two breweries could reconvene next year — and the year after — to reproduce the beer and eventually blend the three versions into a gueuze.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

If sci-fi glam really makes a comeback, UNI will rule them all

Big changes for little band may put them at the head of the class of 2020
Part of this juicy IPA was kettle-soured to make it taste even juicier.
Part of this juicy IPA was kettle-soured to make it taste even juicier.

Council Brewing Company is set to launch a spin-off sour brand. The Magic Factory was initially the name given to Council's second production suite, which sits across the industrial park from its main Kearny Mesa brewhouse and tasting room. It's separated by a parking lot and, as Council cofounder Curtis Chism points out, exactly five speed-bumps — a number familiar to Council brew staff after shuttling totes of beer between the spaces for nearly two years.

Place

Council Brewing Company

7705 Convoy Court, San Diego

Since May 2015, Council has been finishing its flagship Beatitude tart saison series there, with a parade of fruits and a proprietary blend of bacteria and yeast. However, the space has now been outfitted with three foeders, where 15- and 30-barrel batches of sour ales await release as Magic Factory beers in the spring. First up for the new label will be the March bottle release of Lickable Staves, a cabernet-barrel-aged sour red ale with Balaton cherries.

In addition to the foeders and offshoot label, Council has been pushing a creative expansion with a couple of recent collaborations. Humming Wires was brewed in Monterey, in collaboration with Alvarado Street Brewery, which happens to be headed by former San Diegan and Amplified Ale Works cofounder J.C. Hill.

Curtis Chism describes the beer as an "IPA with a kiss of tartness." While making it, "one third of the batch was kettle-soured to lower the pH just a touch to really enhance the fruity profile of the beer." As people associate sourness with fruit, the blended kettle-sour accentuates that aspect of the juicy IPA.

A second collaboration proved more spontaneous. Eighteen months ago, Council head brewer Liz Chism told the Reader, "If you're not using your brewhouse, you're not making money." So, in mid-January, when shipping delays postponed a planned bottling run, she and husband Curtis found another way to make use of the time.

They invited Toolbox Brewing Company head brewer Ehren Schmidt over for a lambic-style, spontaneous beer experiment. In a spontaneous beer, no yeasts are added to the brew; instead, an open fermentation vessel is used so that whatever yeast floating in the air ferments the beer.

After exposing the first batch to the air of the Magic Factory, the collaborating breweries brewed the same wort at Toolbox's Vista brewhouse, where Schmidt keeps a small lab to cultivate his own strains of bacteria and yeast. The idea is to wait a year, then taste how the differences reveal themselves in the final beers.

Traditionally, Belgian lambics incorporate aged hops that are no longer bittering but still prevent the beer from becoming infected by unwanted microorganisms. In this case, three-year-old Crystal hops, described by the brewers as having a blue-cheese aroma, were added to a brew of under-developed pilsner malts, plus both flaked and unmalted wheat.

"Depending on how it turns out, we'll likely do a blend of the two, in addition to unblended releases," says Curtis Chism. Schmidt suggests the two breweries could reconvene next year — and the year after — to reproduce the beer and eventually blend the three versions into a gueuze.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

What makes a home in San Diego

Cedar fire, wary of Clairemont, rooming with my son in North Park, last vacant beachfront lots, building paradise above Rancho Santa Fe
Next Article

Corner Chicken spices up East Village

Tajima team embraces San Diego’s hot chicken moment
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer News — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close