At OLBC, we understand the sacred oath between brewer and enthusiastic beer connoisseurs the world over. The connection begins with a quality product, it grows through the experience, and it endures through a relationship created in that oath.
Our beer selection is a mix of some of our favorite standards as well as an innovative rotation of flavors that you'll be able to connect with, from grain to glass. That includes the three year rounds highlighted below along with an innovative line up and exclusive brewery releases over time. Farther below you can catch the latest we'll have to offer!
Cloudbreak™ Double IPA
Our Double IPA features light malt and a hazy appearance that suddenly yields to bright, big hop flavor. Pacific hops impart notes of papaya, berry and black tea with an enticing tropical fruit aroma. One sip will part the clouds and lead you to the summit of flavor. 8.5%, Lots of IBU; Hops: Idaho 7, Mosaic; Malts: Pisner, Oats, Carapils, Acidulated
Shoreline Series - Seasonal & Experimental Brews - Fall 2017
JACKO BARREL AGED BELGIAN-STYLE STRONG ALE Way back in February, we collaborated with local homebrewers Bob Jacko, Jay Taylor, and Jason Sherman to brew one of their favorite recipes, a Belgian-style Strong Ale. We didn't brew it malt for malt - we changed a few things, added some Outer Light flair, and took our sweet time getting it ready.
The end result: Jacko Barrel Aged Belgian-Style Strong Ale with Raspberries, Chocolate, and Coffee. Whew. That's a mouthful. And also an accurate description. Since March, it's been sitting in bourbon barrels (same barrels as the 2016 Pitch and Roll Imperial Stout) and in red wine barrels from Jonathan Edwards. We blended it all together for this monster beer that tastes...just great, actually. You don't want to miss this limited beer, brewed with love by Outer Light and friends.; ABV: 8.7%; IBUs: Whatever; SRM: 26; Malts: 2 Row, Maris Otter, Flaked Oats, Wheat, Caramel 10, Caramel 80, Blackprinz, Dark Candi Sugar, Dextrose; Hops: Tettnang, Magnum
KOLSCHER CLUB KOLSCH-STYLE ALE We love traditional German beers at Outer Light, but it's rare that we're able to find time to brew them. When we do, our brew staff gets particularly excited and we find excuses to taste test the beer multiple times a day. It's lucky that we have any left for you, dear drinkers! We've been waiting since July to debut Kölscher Club Kölsch-Style Ale, and that day is finally here.
What's a Kölsch? A Kölsch is considered a hybrid beer - technically an ale because of its ale yeast, but it is fermented cooler like a lager and traditionally aged cold like a lager. The Kölsch is a medium-light bodied, bright (or translucent), pale straw colored ale with moderate bitterness and moderate hop flavor. It's neither bitter nor sweet, neither hoppy nor malty. The yeast provides subtle hints of fruit, while German Noble hops offer a touch of light citrus and earthy spice. Brewing this style of beer requires a high degree of skill by the brewer, as its delicate nature readily exposes any off flavors and brewing mistakes by the brewer. To brew a Kölsch is to strive for perfection, and we hope we've done well for you.A Kölsch cannot be considered a Kölsch unless it is brewed in Köln (Cologne), Germany, just like champagne has to be produced in the Champagne region of France to be considered a champagne (otherwise it's a sparkling wine). So this is our Kölsch-style ale, Kölscher Club. ABV: 5.1%; IBUs: Not too many, we think; SRM: 2.5; Malts: Extra Pale Pilsner, Carafoam, Vienna, Acidulated; Hops: Hallertauer Mittelfrüh, Perle
WAVES NOT WORRIES BARLEYWINE Outer Light and No Worries Brewing Company (Hamden) teamed up once again to brew their third collaboration brew, Waves Not Worries. This year, the two breweries decided on an American-style barleywine. Traditionally, barleywines are big-bodied, malty-sweet, imperial amber ales with a hefty dose of crystal malt. American versions of the style are, as one might expect, hopped up to the level of an imperial IPA. This year's Waves Not Worries eschewed the traditional crystal malts and subbed in Caramunich and Abbey malts. This alteration resulted in a beer that's less sweet caramel and more bread and jam. Wanting to avoid the usual English and American hops regularly found in this style, the two breweries opted to go big on Southern Hemisphere hops and Outer Light favorite Idaho 7. Pacific Gem, Ella, and Idaho 7 make up the boil hops. We hit the beer hard post-fermentation, double dry hopping with Rakau and Idaho 7. At 9.2% ABV, this potent brew should wash away your worries and leave you dreaming of the surf and sand. ABV: 9.2%; IBUs: No worries; SRM: 10; Hops: Rakau, Idaho 7, Pacific Gem, Ella; Malts: Maris Otter, 2 Row, Caramunich Type 2, Abbey, Carapils, Dextrose
YOU'RE SO LAST SUMMER ALTBIER An altbier, like a Kölsch, traditionally is a hybrid beer: an ale that is lagered (cold-stored) for an extended period. We decided to make ours a SMaSH beer (SMaSH = Single Malt and Single Hop). This beer is 100% Red X malt (which we use in Hopsteady and in The Academy German Pale Ale) and Tettnang hops (seen in Swell East Coast Lager). Clean, crisp finish. Smells like fresh bread. Tastes like lightly toasted bread. Hops: Tettnang ; Malt: Red X ABV: 5.1%; IBUs: BEACH BODY
NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY PALE ALE This summery pale ale has pronounced lemon and melon flavors from heavy dry hop additions of Lemon Drop and Huell Melon hops. We used about every sort of grain we could find in this beer - barley, wheat, oats, rye, and spelt. It's a great summer beer with bright, happy flavors. 5.2% ABV
EXCUSES FOR FAMILY FUNCTIONS DOUBLE INDIA PALE ALE When you just don't want to go to yet another awkward picnic with extended family, or when you can't stand the idea of having dinner with your cousin for the third time this week, or when your parents invite you over to grill out with their old friends and you know it'll end with everyone drunkenly telling embarrassing stories of your childhood days...we get you. We've all been there, and now you have an excuse to skip out. There's beer here. Maybe there's not beer over there. Maybe drinking an imperial IPA or three impairs your driving so you have to stay home. Who knows what could happen? Outer Light is here for you. Excuses For Family Functions DIPA showcases two of our favorite hops: Ekuanot (found in SUBduction IPA) and Idaho 7 (which makes up half the hops in Cloudbreak DIPA). What happens when you combine the two? A dank, pungent, flavor explosion that tastes like pine, orange peel, and a slap in the face. You probably need that slap anyway if you're skipping family functions. Shame on you! Hops: Idaho 7, Ekuanot, Vic Secret; Malts: Pils, Flaked Oats, Flaked Wheat, Carapils, Caramel, Acidulated; ABV: 8.3%; IBUs: FACE; SRM: 6