Meet Rebekah, our British Golden Ale

When Peacemaker proclaims to reinvent beer styles starting at their origin the mind typically heads back hundreds of years, which makes the fact our flagship British Golden Ale appears to have found its birth in 1986 a bit of a head-scratcher.

Who Brewed It?

In 1986 the Golden Hill brewery of Wiveliscombe, Somerset, England celebrated the 1,000th brewing of their popular Exmoor Ale with a one-off beer named Exmoor Gold. The beers were similar, with the Gold dropping crystal malt but ramping up the hops to come near IPA levels. While history credits Golden Hill Exmoor Ale as the originators of the British Golden Ale, it is true that as far back as the mid-1800s breweries would advertise their “golden ales”, and even the mid-1900s saw entries such as Holden’s Golden Pale Ale and Barclay Perkins Golden Hop Ale.

Why Did they Brew It?

Pale lagers had captivated the youthful British drinkers of the 1980s, and this was cutting into sales of the more standard English bitters and pale ales. British Golden Ale presented a colour that was more in line with these European lager imports, and was typically served colder than cask temperature. The style found its audience and would not only help hold back the influx of pale lagers, but get noticed in the United States where Golden Ales and Blonde Ales would crib from these British styles, but typically with more reserved hop usage

How Does Peacemaker Make It?

As we prepare to launch in York Region in 2017 it appears not much has changed over 30 years; our future fans typically only get a choice of domestic and imported pale lagers at local establishments. One thing that has changed in 30 years has been the choice of extremely unique hops that allow us to produce a light beer with an abundance of character.

British Golden Ale

Peacemaker’s Rebekah

Meet Rebekah, our British Golden Ale

We combine four unique malts meant to produce a robust crisp, biscuit flavour at only 4.5% eupid8y. The German Huell Melon hops keep the bitterness way down, with aromas and flavours reminiscent of strawberries and honeydew melon. We use our house English ale yeast, and serve it unfiltered to retain every bit of flavour and aroma.

Beer Geekery

  • SG: 1.0464
  • SRM: 10
  • IBU: 19

 

Building a Brewery in Aurora

It was seven months ago today that I raced to a computer and started typing what would become a business plan for a brewery of sorts. In those months I have visited 43 breweries across a variety of states and throughout Ontario, brewed 16 batches of Peacemaker recipes, and possibly most important of all, wrapped up a 43-page business plan I turned into a 20-page business plan.

That means as of today, the plan is complete. So where did we end up?

Peacemaker Beer

What is Peacemaker Brewing Company?

So what is Peacemaker, then? I’m currently attempting to raise the funds for a 20hL brewery and taproom to be located near Bayview and St. John’s in Aurora, Ontario. This would make us Aurora’s first brewery, and a stone’s throw away from Newmarket where Arch Brewing and the forthcoming Market Brewery make their home. Peacemaker’s location is beautiful with over 6,500 square feet across 1.5 levels including a taproom that overlooks an open brewery where visitors can watch us as we create our beers. Meetings with the town continue, but their older planning docs and requirements of 20% max space to taprooms mean they may push our hands on our sour program earlier than later (but that’s another blog post.)

Why are you different?

The standard boilerplate I typically type is “we ask ‘what if the creators of historic beer styles had access to everything we do today?'” Sometimes I just call us “the Encino Man brewery.” This means every beer starts with the origin of the style and why it was created in the first place, and then introducing modern methods or ingredients to create something new with those original intentions. Example? The British invented their British Golden Ale as the ever-so-British response to European pale lagers in the 1980s as younger Brits turned to these Czech and German lagers over standard British cask ale. Not handcuffed by malt choices we’ve created a complex malt bill that truly combines German and British malts with new German hops that provide a taste of strawberry and honeydew over the more standard earthy and spicy British hops.

A common sight - reading up on beverage history over a flight.

A common sight – reading up on beverage history over a flight.

What will you be brewing?

I’ll introduce each recipes in separate posts later but we currently look to go out the door with three standard recipes – a British Golden Ale, a Breakfast Stout, and an East Coast IPA – with seasonals every month or two. Our seasonals are where the most fun is had, like a Kuytbier (good luck finding info on this style!), an Oktoberfest combined with molasses to better suit the fall weather, and the most popular beer we created during trial runs, a Scottish Wee Heavy fermented with Ontario wildflower honey, and featuring heather tips in place of hops.

When will you open?

Well, that all depends on how quickly I can raise the money necessary to make it happen. If I’m locked and loaded by the end of the month, we’re hopefully open before March!

Can I invest?

Probably the second most popular question of the past seven months – email me at rick@peacemakerbeer.com or any other method of contact you have for me, and let’s talk!

Cheers!

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