6% ABV, 37 IBU
Malts: Pilsner, Caravienne, Caramunich
Hops: Tettnang, Mt. Hood, Saaz
Yeast: Fest Lager (INIS-740)
Brewers: Ed Wellman and Bob Beach
This beer didn’t win our March Madness-style bracket competition, but it was our favorite so we invited the brewers back to brew a large batch. Technically a Festbier (but “märzen” is more fun to say), this German-style lager is medium-orange colored, bready, and features a touch of spicy European hop character.
In the words of the brewers:
“Currently on his fourth escape attempt from Tucson, Arizona, Edward has been homebrewing for four years. Inspired by Gentle Ben’s and Dragoon Brewing, his first IPA batches required 40-50 pounds of ice to chill. Opportunity came with a move to Colorado and a more hospitable brewing environment. He met Bob on a drunken Sunday and, several homebrew batches later, they were ready for the big leagues.
Bob originally worked in a family business publishing government directories in Pueblo, Colorado. He started his homebrewing operation on a stove kettle some time ago. He is continuously expanding his beer knowledge through continuing education at the former World of Beer University and it successor breweries.
Our inspiration: Pretty Fly for a White Girl!
Michelle (former Factotum taproom manager) told us that if we visited Factotum 20 times on Friday, she would buy us a growler. We were both thoroughly inspired – brewing on the small batch machine happened shortly thereafter. Our first batch was trying to deconstruct Michelle’s girly lavender IPA. Our second batch was a competition beer that would have won had there not been voting irregularities (identified by the Factotum Bureau of Investigation [FBI]) ultimately traced to Russian hackers. Chris and Laura liked it enough that we lagered it and the Marzen was born. Factotum called and we answered!