With so many breweries co-existing, there are only so many ways a hazy IPA or an Imperial Stout can be made. What separates the trend makers from the rest of their brewing brethren is innovation. That does not always mean having to reinvent the wheel.
In the case of Trillium, it means not only highlighting their homegrown ingredients but making them the focal point of their beer. Collaborating with Kent Falls Brewing, Trillium is releasing their first “highly-collaborative” American Pale Lager, Grainshed.
The Trillium/Kent Falls grown ingredients are used throughout the beer, from the milled raw heirloom corn to the whole-cone Czech Saaz hops. This healthy and sustainable beer is the start for more homegrown beers to come.
The key to any great lager is the lagering period. Letting the beer condition in cold (but not freezing) temperatures helps the lager to get that crisp, clean flavor. Trillium lagers this beer in their horizontal lager tanks. You might be asking what a horizontal lagering tank is, as did I when writing this article. Without getting too nerdy, horizontal tanks are helping brewers lager their beers faster and more efficiently.
Grainshed is only the first of many beers of its ilk and will be released in time for Trillium’s anniversary. Be on the lookout for this beer and others to celebrate this acclaimed brewing giant.