Yellow Dog, Black Dog

Small Space Home Brewing Rig
For those in the know consider a man's best friend while I consider life as a brewmaster. Confined to the garage I am a homebrewer making tiny 5-10 gallon batches. While making small scale beer I have rebellious freedom to brew what I want. When DS asked that I produce something for Capital Audiofest I was inclined to brew something new. I picked his two dogs as a source for inspiration.

Yellow dog the mischievous Labrador Retriever seemed to have its way with packing materials. I would brew a hop forward American Wheat a style DS does not typically drink.

Usually pale yellow to gold. Clarity may range from brilliant (kristallweizen) to hazy with yeast. Big, long-lasting white head.

Light to moderately strong grainy wheat, which can linger into the finish. May have a moderate malty sweetness or finish quite dry. Low to moderate hop bitterness, which sometimes lasts into the finish. Low to moderate hop flavor citrusy American or spicy/floral noble. Esters can be moderate to none. No clove phenols, although a light spiciness from wheat is acceptable. May have a slightly crisp or sharp finish. No diacetyl.

Medium-light to medium body. Medium-high to high carbonation. May have a light alcohol warmth in stronger examples.

Overall Impression:
Refreshing wheat beers that can display more hop character and less yeast character than their German cousins.

Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) style guide for American Wheat beers. Yellow dog has these characteristics but is more like a witbier.
| 5.1% ABV

Black dog the consistent Rottweiler seemed stern but approachable. I would brew low gravity Porter approaching the Stout style. The lower hops would be more agreeable with DS.

A roasted malt character with notes of coffee in the finish. Medium not overly malty has the impression of dark chocolate. Hop flavor it low balances roasted malt flavors. Diacetyl low to none. Fruity esters low to none.

Medium-light to medium body smooth with medium carbonation

Overall Impression:
Very dark with roasted bready notes accented by coffee or chocolate.

Notes from a beer of my own creation. Black dog is a porter with some roasted barley.
| 5.3% ABV

Once the ales reached proper carbonation DS found transportation. I am waiting to hear back from the show.

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  1. hey,

    the show was fun and as usual the beer was a hit amongst the few that "get it". It is clear that the DC family is a bit different than the Texas family. The blackdog was the early favorite but I have to say by the end the yellowdog took the lead.

    both were a refreshing change from the triple hopped IPA's that seem to dominate the area.



  2. Dang I missed the beer 8-(

    I am also tired of being beat with the hops. Tripple hopped is the rage everywhere. Can't wait until the fad is over.