Mixed Fermentation Beers: A Spotlight on Jackie O’s

By Haley Manker

It’s no secret that we’re huge fans of Jackie O’s! And while they get a ton of attention for their barrel aged stouts, we think their mixed fermentation beers deserve just as much praise!

Grab some of these complex and thought provoking beers the next time you’re at Cappy’s in Loveland!

Elle – Foudre Aged Saison Style Mixed Fermentation Ale
Elle begins as a saison fermented in stainless steel with classic saison strains, bacteria, and wild yeast.

Distant Corners- Oak Wine Barrel Saison Style Mixed Fermentation Ale
Distant Corners is a collaboration beer with Great Leap in China. The beer’s fermented in oak wine barrels and brewed with rice, Szechuan peppercorns, and oolong tea. Light peppercorn flavors combine flawlessly with tart and floral notes.

Off the Beaten Path 2- Mixed Fermentation Saison Style Ale
Off the Beaten Path 2 was brewed with a rye varietal from Riverbend Malt House. This beer was fermented in stainless steel and bottle conditioned with Jackie O’s trademarked mixed Saison culture. The beer has notes of earthy and subtly spicy peppercorn alongside tart and fresh lemon zest.

Babbling Brook, Vin Santo Cask Aged Saison Style Mixed Fermentation Ale
A wonderfully blended mixed-fermentation style beer inspired by ciders and chablis. The base of this beer contains classic saison strains with funky notes that come from post-fermentation aging.

Primary- Wine Barrel Aged Saison Style Mixed Fermentation Ale
A true exploration in beer- a cocktail of wild yeast, classing brewing yeasts, and beer souring bacteria work to create this complex brew. This saison is then aged in wine barrels for a full year.

MXD FRM- Stainless Steel Fermented Mixed Culture Saison Style Ale
Like Primary, the wort for MXD FRM is cast from the brew house, blended with saison yeasts, various wild yeasts, and souring bacteria. The blended strains mingle for two months to create a truly tart, dry, and well-rounded mixed fermented saison.

Chili and Beer: The Perfect Match

By Haley Manker

As the Winter months continue to pass, a few things have stayed consistent: the need for a hearty chili and the need for a good beer.

Our staff weren’t eligible to enter last Saturday’s chili cook off, but we’ve decided to share our own tips, tricks, and recommendations for some tasty beer-infused chili.

Porter – Founders Brewing Company
This robust porter features a smooth finish that serves as the perfect backdrop for building spice profiles.

Oro Negro – Jackie O’s
In Cincinnati we believe that chocolate and cinnamon DO in fact have a place in chili. We also believe that beers with chocolate and cinnamon should have a place in chili, so this imperial stout is the secret ingredient. The beer’s flavors from oak staves and habanero help to create a rich and full-bodied chili.

Spencer Trappist Stout – Spencer Brewery
A bold and roasted beer with dark stone fruit flavors and coffee and caramel noes. These alluring traits will only enhance the savory and succulent profiles that come from homemade chili.

The Real H.R. Frederiksen – Evil Twin Brewing
A collaboration brew — this is exactly what you need for a complex and fantastic chili. The char profile accompanying cinnamon, peppers, and roasted nuts aid beautifully in making a warm and nourishing chili.

Bell’s Amber Ale – Bell’s Brewery
With toasty malt flavors and a slight hop bite on the back end, Bell’s Amber is a wonderful compliment to a spicy chili. The smoke, heat, sweetness, and bitterness all deliver a flavorsome punch that any chili aficionado can appreciate.

Psychopathy – Madtree Brewing Company 
An IPA can be a tasty but unexpected addition to homemade chili. The bitterness of the hops (we recommend sticking between 50 and 75 IBUs) mingle flawlessly with the peppers. To take your chili to the next level, soak shallots in an IPA overnight and then garnish when serving.

Finally, congratulations to this year’s #ChiliAF Champions:

First Place – Dave Burig, Second Place – Jason Doepke, Third Place – Mike Carpenter,
People’s Choice – Del Hall

Thanks to all who entered, our judges, and those that came down to Cappy’s and crushed some chili! Cheers!