What is Mead?
Mead or honey wine is the oldest alcoholic drinks known to man. It is made from honey and water via fermentation with yeast. It may be still, carbonated, or sparkling; it may be dry, semi-sweet, or sweet. Unlike beers and cider, mead's (being wines) are consumed in small quantities. If you haven't tried Mead yet, you'll have to sample the delicious Mead's at Brewfest.
What is Cider?
Cider is an alcoholic beverage made from the fermented juice of apples. In the US and some parts of Canada, "cider" refers to unfiltered apple juice, traditionally made with a distinct sweet-tart taste. "Hard cider" is used for the fermented beverage. Stop down and be sure to hit Brewfest's "Cider Row".
What is Firkin?
Cask-conditioned ale is beer that is naturally carbonated, because the beer is put in the sealed cask, or firkin, before fermentation is complete. The gas produced by the fermentation is then absorbed in the beer, explains Empire head brewer Tim Butler. That produces a gentle, natural carbonation. Carbonation in standard keg and bottled beer is produced by adding carbon dioxide (CO2), or sometimes nitrogen, after fermentation. Thatís what gives most beer its fizz. Brewfest offers many specialty Firkens to sample. Some are time tapped, and others are served randomly. Most are listed in the day of event program.
What is Sour Beer?
Unlike modern brewing, which is done in a sterile environment to guard against the intrusion of wild yeast, sour beers are made by allowing wild yeast strains or bacteria into the brew. Traditionally, Belgian brewers allowed wild yeast to enter the brew naturally through the barrels - an unpredictable process that many modern brewers avoid. The most common agents used are Lactobacillus, Brettanomyces, and Pediococcus. Another method for achieving a tart flavor is adding fruit - most commonly cherries (to produce kriek) or raspberries (to produce framboise) - during the aging process, to cause a secondary fermentation. Because of the uncertainty involved in using wild yeast, the sour beer brewing process is extremely unpredictable. The beer takes months to ferment and can take years to mature. If you are in the mood for a switch of flavor during the event, try a "sweet" Sour Beer at Brewfest's "Sour Row"
What is ABV?
ABV stands for Alcohol (percentage) By Volume and represents what percentage of the liquid contains alcohol.
What is IBU?
IBU stands for International Bitterness Units and is a standardized measurement of perceived bitterness in beer due to the alpha acid content within the hops and the concentration from duration of boiling.
How much craft beer is in a barrel?
HALF BARREL = 15.5 gallons QUARTER BARREL = 7.75 gallons