The City of Greeley's Plum Farm was given five packets of cucumber seeds by a local resident. Those five packets Produced 2,000lbs of cucumbers. The farm asked Jeff if he needed an insane amount of cucumbers, and while initially he had no idea why he would need cucumbers, when Jeff saw the field bursting with the big veggies he agreed to take a truckload. When he arrived back at the brewery, the staff looked and Jeff like he had a three-eyed elephant with him.
We juiced 10 gallons of cucumber, by hand, in Jeff's new juicer. Still unsure of how this cucumber would be used, we vacuum sealed and froze all the juice.
Truckloads of spare cucumbers from plum farm went to local food banks.
After making a batch of blonde ale, Jeff felt like it needed something else. We added the cucumber juice to the secondary fermentation. It was the most fun, refreshing beer, and everyone loved that splash of cucumber taste coming right out of the tap.
After the cucumber ale was gone, it took 17 clean cycles to get that cucumber out of the tap lines--so from now on, Cucumber Ale will only be bottles.
As a curious Crabtree masterpiece, the Cucumber Pale Ale showcases the refreshing side of a much overlooked veggie, all the way down to the lemon-lime hue. First, this American-style pale ale lends a subtle citrus and herbal hop aroma to compliment the cucumber's earthy and even spicy attributes. The taste of cool cucumber and black peppercorn tones wax a refreshing middle ground, finishing with a dry and crisp, mildly bitter pop to leave the taste buds asking for more. With over 210 pounds of fresh-chopped cuc's infused into this ale, you can taste the satisfaction of a successful harvest from the brewers at Crabtree Brewing Company!
Freshly Cut Cucumbers from Greeley's Farms
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