Matt and Lauri Spitz are growing their Moustache in 2015. The couple will soon add two new seven-barrel fermenters to their brewery's current quintet of one-barrelers, which will quadruple production. Before the quadrupling starts, Moustache will release its first barrel-aged and bottled beer. Snügg debuts at the brewery tomorrow at noon.
1) Snügg's base is an old ale. "It's a British style, a strong ale," Matt says. "It's dark, really malt-forward, and of considerable alcoholic strength. To quote the late Beer Hunter Michael Jackson, 'It should be a warming beer of the type that is best drunk in half pints by a warm fire on a cold winter's night.' I thought that was perfect for what we wanted this beer to be."
2) Snügg's base was aged for three months in a French oak barrel with oranges, lemons, raisins, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and cardamom pods. "We checked on it once a month after it was transferred to the barrel," Lauri says. "The last sample we just felt comfortable that it was right. A lot of the spices had blended and it smelled amazing."
3) The inspiration for Snügg was Matt's mother's recipe for glögg, a Swedish version of mulled wine traditionally consumed at Christmas. "We drank a lot of her glögg during the buildout of the brewery last winter. We were sleeping here and that kept us warm," Lauri says.
4) Moustache packaged two hundred and fifty-five 22-ounce bottles of Snügg. Each bottle is $22. There is a two-bottle limit for customers. "We yielded about 50 gallons of beer, as we lost some of it from the fruit soaking up some beer," Matt says.
5) Snügg is Moustache's first bottled beer, but not the last. Blueberry + Ginger Tripel will follow in the next few months. "We've been aging that in rum barrels since November," Matt says. "We thought the spiciness of the rum would compliment the blueberry and yeast flavors of the beer."
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