Little Creatures are about to ship their latest single batch release, Puffing Billy. It hits the shelves on October 30. Specs and details from the brewery below.
Puffing Billy – Bock
- Style: German Style Bock
- ABV: 6.5%
- Malt Bill: Pilsner malt, Munich Malt, Melanoidin Malt (Super Munich), Caraaroma, Caramunich 3, Carafa Special 1 and Smoked Malt
- Hops: Southern Saaz for bittering, Southern Hallertau and Czech Saaz late additions in the kettle and whirlpool.
- IBUs: 33 IBU
- Colour: 46 EBC
- Ferment: as per standard LC Pilsner profile
- Filtered: yes, although as coarsely as we can…..
- Bottle conditioned: no
- Pasteurised? never
- A word from the brewers….
Our aim was to Brew a rich, malty, sessionable Dark Lager with some added complexity; hence the use of Smoked Malt. We didn’t want big aggressive smokiness: the aim was to integrate the smoked character but retain balance – detectable rather than prevalent – avoiding harsh phenolic acridity; just smooth and with a perception of mild sweetness on the palate finish. We’ve hit a Bitterness somewhat higher than the style guidelines – but that’s how we like it, with typical distinct hop character…… This beer has had 5 weeks of cold storage to assist with the refinement.
- The beer – in a nutshell:
Inspired by the traditional Bock style, a malty dark lager brewed for the spring months when it is still a little bit cold, Puffing Billy is a strong, warming beer with a distinct smokey twist. With an alcohol content closer to that of double bock, at 6.5% by volume it remains smooth and sessionable for its strength. The subtle hints of malt smoked with Beech wood, rounds out a balanced beer with lasting, subtle peat like characters on the finish.
- What’s with the name…?
Through the heavy accents of beer loving Bavarians, who took a great liking of the dark malty beer being brewed in the German town of Einbeck, the name of the town was mistaken as the German word for a Billy Goat – “ein bock”. With our addition of smoked malt, we couldn’t resist an ode to all those occasions where true meanings are lost in translation….