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Barley's SMaSH 2K Pale Ale

Style Guidelines: Pale ale was the first beer we brewed in our brewery and continues to be one of our flagship ales. Because of the rich color of British malt, it is not very pale, but the rich flavor matches the color beautifully.

Rotation Schedule: Always on tap at both locations

Food Pairings: This beer would pair with Barley's legendary creations that we've had on the menu since we opened our doors-Mildred's Sauerkraut Balls, Grilled Wings (with Gates of Hell Sauce if you dare), and our Turkey Nut Burger with Spicy Mayo.

Body: Medium
Color: Gold
Yeast: Barley's House Yeast, a British Strain we've been cultivating since 1993.
Grain: British Pale Ale Malt
Hops: Pacific Northwest Centennial in the kettle and in the secondary fermentation.
Original Gravity: 1.053
Estimated IBUs: 47.35
Alcohol By Volume: 5.1%
First Tapped: May 24th, 2018


About the Ale:Our 2,000th batch of beer is a showcase for the ingredients that have served us well for the last quarter of a century. The Single Malt is the biscuity British Pale Ale Malt that we've been using since the very first beer we served here. The Single Hop is grapefruity Centennial, the hops that we put in our 100th batch-Centennial IPA (which we're fairly certain was the first IPA brewed in Columbus). Our house yeast is the reliable workhorse of our brewery and contributed a hint of fruity esters and a clean finish.

It's because in the day, most beers were dark, unfiltered, even unsettling in appearance. That didn't matter, because ale was consumed in leather or stoneware vessels.

SMaSH Brewing

A group of dedicated home brewers have coined the term “SMaSH” to help drive simpler brewing. SMaSH stands for “Single Malt and Single Hops”. The idea is to break brewing down to its basic elements and emphasize the flavor of a single malt and single hop variety.

Obviously SMaSH brewing is not suited to every beer style. The best beer styles for SMaSH are as follows: Pilsner (all kinds), Vienna Lager, Saison, Munich Dunkel, Wild Ales, IPAs and even Barleywine.

With the the invention of glass, brewers were comelled to make beer that looked more appetizing. They found the answer in the use of isinglass, the swimbladder of sturgeon, which when dried, worked well to remove suspended solids in beer.

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