East Brother Beer Launches New Series
Three new programs showcase diverse international brewing styles.
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Richmond-based East Brother Beer Company has just announced the launch of three new limited-release beer series that showcase not only the talents of the company's own brewing team, but also the diversity of different beer styles enjoyed around the world.
“Our mission has always been to create simple, tried and true classic styles that are welcoming and accessible,” said East Brother co-founder Rob Lightner. “The five East Brother signature beers have all been well received, but our customers are always interested and excited to try something new."
One of these three programs is the Seasonal Lager Series:. Released on April 27 and described as rich, peppery, and fresh, its first beer is a classic German Maibock. Future lager releases this year will include a summertime Pre-Prohibition Lager, an autumnal Festbier, and a dark winter lager.
Another series, releasing approximately every other Thursday, is the exclusive 100-Pint Series. The program launched with a Double !PA in March and a California Common in April. The beers in this series are brewed on the original pilot system that Lightner and co-founder Chris Coomber used to make their five signature beers: It yields about 100 pints per batch.
Head brewer Paul Liszewski and assistant brewers Lauren Novotny and Austin Breunig are also involved in this program. Visitors who drop by the taproom on a Thursday can often witness the brewing of the next-up lager that very night.
The third limited-release series, also a taproom exclusive, is the Cask Conditioning Program, which entails the classic English method of conditioning beer in small casks called firkins. Released on select Fridays, these cask ales have thus far included an English Pale in March and an Oatmeal Stout in April.
"There are so many styles out there," Lightner said. "Our new programs allow us to satisfy this interest while staying true to our brand.”