During Paul’s apprenticeship, he not only grew as a brewer, but his family grew too. As a tribute to the birth of his daughter Emily, Paul has brewed an IPA using Magnum, Centennial, Chinook and Cascade hops. This beer is best when fresh, so we recommend you drink it by New Years Eve 2013.
As Paul moves on, we raise a toast and hope you enjoy this beer as much as we do.
Words from apprentice brewer Paul Lemoi
I became interested in beer drinking a bit later in life than most people I knew. It took until my late twenties before I enjoyed beer. I started home brewing right around the time I became interested in extreme beers. Enjoying extreme beers was for me a fairly intense but short lived phase, but the enjoyment I took from brewing beer was not. With some encouragement, a couple of books and a long term loan of supplies from a good friend, I was quickly able to have multiple kegs of home brewed extract based ales on tap in the basement fridge. To me however none of it was terribly impressive. All grain and outdoor brewing came next.
The same friend that turned me on to home brewing also told me about the White Birch apprentice program. I went in for a round robin type interview then a working interview was next. Having a full time job made the apprenticeship slightly more complicated, but we made it work. For me this was an opportunity to do something fun and different. In the year plus time that they let me stick around I saw a lot of things at White Birch change. Including but not limited to: head brewers, seasonal beers, pricing structures, recipes, countless process and equipment improvements, wild fermentation and barrel aging programs. I’ve seen a lot of dedication, hard work and passion here. Whether or not commercial brewing will become part of my life remains to be seen. I have however completely enjoyed this unique experience and am thankful to have been an occasional part of the team.
India Pale Ale is a style I once avoided entirely. Hard to believe now that Sierra Nevada Pale ALe was at one time way too hoppy for me. IPA is now my staple. We used an interesting grain bill thats more or less standard of American IPA but devoid of crystal malts. The flavor and aroma hops are classical American varieties used for their well known citrus and pine contribution. You may even notice a touch of flowers, fruit, earth and spice. I hope you enjoy this Ale.
This India Pale Ale is named after Emily, the always happy, golden haired one year old who has forever changed my life and who’s infectious belly laugh is unlike anything I’ve ever heard before.