22 September 2013

Before CANvitational, Get to Know - Arcadia Ales

CANvitational is less than a week away! We wanted to get to know the participating breweries a little better, so we sent out a six pack questionnaire to them. Now, we get to share their answers with you.

Next up is Evan Garrett, brewer at Arcadia Ales in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Established in 1996, Arcadia takes their brewing cues from the United Kingdom by focusing on British-style ales. Arcadia's beers are brewed on authentic British equipment using English brewing methods and ingredients. Arcadia is set to open a 30,000 bbl-per-year production facility in Kalamazoo in December 2013. More details on the brewery's expansion here.

Be sure to checkout Arcadia and the following beers at the event:

Sky High Rye. This West Coast-style Pale Ale is brewed with 80% English barley malt and 20% rye malt. It boasts a massive floral aroma of resinous hops, contributing notes of lemons, peaches and pine needles and anchored by sweet, malty flavor of toffee and freshly-baked pumpernickel bread.

Whitsun Ale. Brewed in the style of a mid-19th century English Festival Ale, this unfiltered wheat beer displays a translucent orange color topped with a creamy, white head. Wheat enhances the mouthfeel of the beer and produces pleasant bread-like notes while Michigan honey provides a caramelized sweetness in the flavor profile. This beer is spiced with orange peel and coriander and small amounts of three hop varieties perfectly counterbalancing the sweetness.

Now, we'll hand it over to Evan:

1. What music do you hear most often on the brew deck?

Bluegrass, Reggae, Punk/Ska.

2. What's your brewing mission? What are you trying to accomplish with your beer?

Our brewing mission is to consistently produce a quality product that not only us as the brewers enjoy, but that will bring the consumers back and spread a positive reputation. Our current goal is to move into our new production facility, and not only increase production, but sales as well.

3. How many beards can be found in the brewery on any given day?

At least four.

4. Which beers outside of your own do you enjoy? What beer do you wish you came up with? Why?

Lagunitas, Jolly Pumpkin, Founders, Firestone, Great Lakes. Lagunitas 'Sucks' because it is a very hop forward, but well balanced IPA.

5. What's your go-to shift beer after a long day brewing?

IPA, Sky High Rye or Anglers Ale.

6. What do you drink when you aren't drinking beer? Are you on #teamradler?

Water, coffee and sometimes soda pop. No.

Thanks, Evan!  We look forward to seeing you in Indiana!

What is the Canvitational?
On Saturday, September 28th, 2013, the inaugural CANvitational will enlighten patrons to sample craft beer from award winning breweries from across the USA, enjoy local Indy eats provided by food trucks and music (DJ Helicon and DJ Action Jackson), in an urban downtown atmosphere.

Tickets are available and the event will feature some familiar breweries, as well as many out of state.  You can find more information about them and the event at http://canvitational.com/.

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