Friday, March 25, 2016

What's Brewing: March 25, 2016 Edition

Spring Has Sprung

It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating Autumn and talking about how much we love the crisp air and leaves underfoot. We even went so far as to declare it our favorite season. And yet, when the weather started to warm up after a few months of snow and low temps we were tempted to say Spring is our favorite season. And why not, life is too short to cling to one favorite of anything. The same is true for brewing and beers. There are times when a heavier beer will hit the spot and other times when you need something light and refreshing and that's what makes this hobby so great--you can make them all. So sit back and have an open mind as we introduce you to a few new malts and seasonal ingredient kits we have brought in for you to try. As always, you can find these items in our Falls Church store or online at

Meet Derek

Wait... I mean, the other Derek or D2 as we call him. Derek Stillwagon, our newest staffer, is a home brewer and a total foodie. If you want ideas on tweaking your recipe, he's your guy. After working crazy hours in the restaurant industry for years he's pretty stoked to be working "normal" hours, talk home brew with customers and to eagerly taste-test all the new food and beverages we've started to carry. 

New Malts Hit The Shelves

We're expanding our selection of malts. Here are eight new malts we have brought in and a little info about the companies that make them. Look for even more maltsters coming soon. 

Bairds Malt Limited 
With a malting heritage dating back to 1823, Bairds Malt Limited is one of the United Kingdom's premier malt producers. At the heart of Bairds Malt's centuries-old tradition, are the superb malting barley varieties for which the United Kingdom is famous. Their pale malts are made from low-protein spring and winter barley.

Bairds Maris Otter Pale Ale Malt
55 lb. sack

Bairds Pale Ale Malt
55 lb. sack

Fawcett Malts 
Thomas Fawcett & Sons Ltd is a seventh generation family business that has been manufacturing quality malts for over 200 years on its original site in Castleford, West Yorkshire. Batch sizes remain small to ensure consistent quality throughout. The finest barleys make the finest malts and the company strives to procure the best barley samples from each season to maintain their high standards. 

Golden Promise Pale Ale Floor Malt
55 Lb. sack

Maris Otter Pale Ale Floor Malt  
55 Lb. sack

Best Malz 
Best Malz is headquartered in Heidelberg, Germany with malthouses located in Kreimbach and Wallertheim. Both malthouses are located in the best cultivation areas in Europe for brewer's grade barley. Best actively participates in the selection of their barley through long-term relationships with their farmer partners insuring that they are provided with the best quality raw materials.

Light Munich Malt
55 Lb. sack

Light Wheat Malt
55 Lb. sack

Light Pilsner Malt
55 Lb. sack

Light Vienna Malt
55 Lb. sack

These 55 pound sacks are intended for home milling. Don't have a mill? We have a very competitively priced selection of mills. Having your own mill has several advantages. You don't have to wait in line, you can adjust the crush and with very little effort to clean it, your grain won't be influenced by what someone milled before you.

Find A Warm Weather Favorite With Brewers Best Seasonal Kits

When the weather warms up we spend more time outdoors enjoying our favorite sports, doing yard work and entertaining. If this outdoor time makes you crave something fresh and fruity, then you might want to try one of these seasonal kits. 

Toasted Coconut Cream Ale   
Biscuit malt, lactose and natural coconut flavoring create an ale that is light bodied and sweet like a slice of coconut cream pie. This flavorful brew will quench your thirst and take care of that sweet tooth all in one sip.
ABV:  4.4% - 4.9% 
IBUs: 10 - 14 
Difficulty: Easy

Grapefruit IPA
Grapefruit peel and generous amounts of hops deliver a bouquet of floral and citrus aromas. A small addition of imported specialty malt brings balance while the natural grapefruit flavoring takes your senses to a tropical paradise.
ABV: 5.6% - 6.1%
IBUs: 45 - 49 
Difficulty: Easy

Also available:
Grapefruit IPA One Gallon Kit 

Mango Saison
This slightly spicy Belgian favorite pairs fruity ester aromas reminiscent of citrus fruit with the flavor of mangos. Candi sugar lends a subtle sweetness while finishing with a refreshing, light bodied effervescent tingle.
ABV: 4.8% - 5.3% 
IBUs: 18 - 23 
Difficulty: Intermediate

You can find out more about these kits and more on our web store

Something Sweet

When you think beer flavored food, your mind likely goes to savory items. But we've got several beer flavored and infused items that would make the Easter Bunny proud. Check out these sweet treats.


Mixed Brew Candy


Beer-flavored hard candy? You bet! Brew Candy comes in a mixed bag containing three tasty flavors: Honey Ale, Hoppy IPA, and Roasty Stout.

Cascade Hop Candy
You won't believe how good this candy is. Absolutely addicting -- you have been warned!

City Peanut HopCorn

We're not sure how they do it, but the folks at City Peanut have taken kettle corn to a new level by adding hops. It's a unique treat that's salty, sweet and bitter (in a good way).

Stout Nut Brittle
Hand-pulled brittle loaded with peanuts and Stout beer which adds a roasted, rich flavor to the brittle as well as unusually deep color. .

You can find out more about these treats and more on our web store. 

Upcoming Home Brew Competitions

myLHBS is accepting entries for the following Home Brew Competition. 

Don't forget to have your entry form ready to go, your labels affixed to your bottles and your brew safely packed in a carrier. 

24th Spirit Of Free Beer Homebrew Competition
Organizer - Brewers United For Real Potables (BURP), Beltsville, MD
Registration Window - February 1, 2016 through March 31, 2016
Online Entry Window - March 1, 2016 through March 31, 2016 
Shipping And Drop-Offs Accepted - March 1, 2016 through March 31, 2016 
Judging - April 8-9, 2016