A few years back our brewers hit a milestone. It was time for their 15ooth batch. What transpired is now a big part of Drake’s history, and the 1500 with its aromas of juicy grapefruit and pine needles and its refreshing crisp bitterness remains one of our favorite beers to enjoy all year long.
Given our growth over the last few years, it didn’t take long for us to repeat the 1500 batch feat and in 2011, we came upon our Batch 3000. So to pay homage to the 15-hundo (as it is affectionately called by staff), we decided to riff on the recipe to create a dark/black/cascadian/whatever pale ale… in essence, a dark 1500.
Now, just about a year+ later, we are at batch 4000… right around hop harvest season as it turns out. So, on Saturday Alex and Jesse took to the brew deck and brewed a batch of 1500 that was subsequently wet-hopped with fresh Simcoe hops in a hop back (pictured below). Later, the beer will receive a healthy dose of fresh Citra in the dry-hop, and near the beginning of October, the brew will be ready for your imbibing pleasure (as well as the Bistro’s Wet-Hop Festival).
So keep your eyes open then for our next milestone batch salute to 1500– Drake’s 4000. Cheers.