Batch 63: Inauguration Ale

This beer is being brewed to drink on the night of the inauguration of our 45th president. A number of friends are gathering to move to DC the following day for a march, and I asked everyone what kind of beer I should brew for the occasion. Top contenders were La Fin du Monde (though I don’t have the time nor ingredients on hand to brew this), Arrogant Bastard (spot on), and “something thick, dark, and bitter” (which leads me to Cascadian Dark Ale). The following is an amalgam of the latter 2: Arrogant Bastard base ( and elements of a CDA (various, including: I’m a bit torn on the name and will leave that one as a game-day audible, maybe left to a crowd vote.

Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: WLP007
Yeast Starter: 1L starter from 1 packet, made the night before (so pitched at high krausen)
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.5
Original Gravity: 1.066
Final Gravity: ??
IBU: ~65?
Boiling Time (Minutes): 90
Color: ~38 SRM?
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp):
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp):

12# Maris Otter
1.5# Special B
.75# Carafa II Special
.5# C60

1oz Nugget 90min
0.5oz Nugget, 0.5oz CTZ, 0.5oz Cascade 10min
0.5oz Nugget, 0.5oz CTZ, 0.5oz Cascade @Whirlpool (after cooled below 180*)

Mashed in and held 148* straight for 60 minutes 🙂 I heated and used 10 gallons for the mash and sparge, and ended up with more volume than I expected: 6 gallons collected in a New FerMONSTER!! (woohoo!), leaving about a gallon of trub in the pot. Pitched 1L WLP007 started at high krausen.

UPDATE from the day after inauguration … the group consensus from the 19 fellow travelers we housed for the march was that we should call this something like “Obama’s Last Stand”. So Mote It Be, mthfkrs.