Steamworks Brewing Co. taps specialty beer at the brewpub at 3 p.m.
Anticipating the warm spring days ahead, the “Mango Tango” firkin will take center stage on Friday, May 5, 2017, at Firkin Fridays, Steamworks Brewing Co.’s monthly showcase of unique hand-crafted beers. The firkin will be tapped at 3 p.m.
The base of the Mango Tango is Steamworks’ award winning Colorado Kölsch, a light crisp ale with a hint of sweetness. Mango and passion fruit juices were then added to the cask for the second fermentation.
“We wanted a refreshing spring drinker with light fruit notes,” said brewer Chad Quinn, who developed the recipe. “The Mango Tango should be just that. We’re ready for warmer weather.”
By definition, a firkin is an old English unit of volume, typically a wooden cask equal to approximately one-quarter of a regular barrel, or nine/ten gallons. The word “firkin” is derived from the Middle Dutch word vierdekijn, which means “fourth” as in one-fourth the size.
In the United Kingdom cask-conditioned beer or a firkin, is known as “real ale.” Cask conditioned ale is considered by many to be the genuine article: real beer for real people who appreciate quality, character and distinction. With the cask conditioning, the yeast transforms the sugar into alcohol within the cask, and the natural carbonation results from the trapped carbon dioxide occurring as a byproduct. The beer’s flavors and characters develop within the cask. Firkin beer is unpasteurized and unfiltered and served at cellar temperature – cool but not cold.