Tuesday, November 24, 2009
The creative minds at Forbidden Peak have once again stumbled across a recipe worthy of introduction to the masses. Forbidden KGB is a Kolsch style ale with some very special additions- fresh Devil's Club Buds and Spruce Tips. The crew at FPB went on an ingredient gathering mission this past May in SE Alaska to investigate some local flavors for our beer. Devil's Club is in the ginseng family and has been a valuable source of medicinal qualities for SE residents for ages. Eaten raw, the buds have a flavor described as a "spicy celery". The crew wasn't sure a spicy celery beer would taste all that great, but after extensive testing the perfect compliment for Devil's Club was discovered - Spruce Tips. The two flavors combine to create an impressively smooth but flavorful Kolsch style ale. Forbidden KGB is an easy drinker but with enough kick to keep you warm after a long day on the slopes.
Since the introduction of KGB, we have received many inquiries into the origin of the name. There is a very strong Russian influence here in Alaska (you may recall from our Seward's Ice Box story that the US purchased Alaska from Russia) and Russians helped write the story of Alaska's exposure to the rest of the world. Without further ado, here is the story:
Late one evening, amongst the rising mist, Nikolai Ludsveg set out from his small village in Eastern Russia on the vessel “Zharkiy”. Nikolai who days earlier had been jobless and broke was hired by the infamous "Cheka" which was then known as the KGB. His mission was simple: cross the Bering Strait, turn right, follow the coastline and travel many miles until hitting Juneau, Alaska the capital city of the new Alaska. Nikolai was then to infiltrate the community under false pretenses and spy on the state and federal government up close, as the Cheka had few men posted on the eastern seaboard who had yet to see much American activity.
Nikolai immersed himself in the small community and took a job bartending at the Lucky Lady. Nikolai used the bartending gig to learn about this “American culture” and found that bar goers were very open to discuss their most intimate secrets after only a few drinks. One frisky December night, Nikolai met two large men from Skagway and the three fellows talked for hours about beer. Though Nikolai had no brothers of his own, he felt a deep connection with these two new friends and felt a brotherly bond with them. His new friends Squatch and Skookum were upstanding businessman in the Southeast area and well connected in political arenas. Nikolai found them to be a host of information and their monthly poker games held in the basement bar in a hotel called the Bergmann gathered a number of political types. Nikolai soon learned his real love was for America and beer, which caused his weekly dispatches to slip and he eventually quit sending them to Moscow altogether. Spying on the boring and corrupt Alaskan political landscape was of little interest to Nikolai in this new world. The intelligence officials at the KGB quickly wrote him off as dead and laughed at how the dimwit had once tried to explain how beer was more delectable than vodka.
After several months Skookum and Squatch made a business proposal to Nikolai as they sought to expand their brewery operations to the capital city and with Nikolai’s love for brewing he made a perfect match as the plant manager. The most famous beer during his reign was created with Nikolai’s favorite local ingredient- Devil’s Club. Nikolai would often traverse the peaks of SE Alaska carrying only a canteen of water or beer and a satchel filled with Devil’s Club Buds. Nikolai swore these “killer green buds” (Devil’s club buds were and still are called this due to the difficulty in harvesting them off the spiky stalks) had powers to heal aching muscles and gave him energy when he tired.
Remnants of Nikolai's family recently contacted FPB with stories of the signature beer of Nikolai's, which he appropriately named "KGB" (as a secret hint about the true origins of his adventures). Although unable to unearth the original recipe, the creative minds at FPB brainstormed additions to a Kolsch style ale that would put Nikolai's stamp on it. Using detailed tasting logs of the original recipe, the crew is satisfied that old Nikolai would be proud of this latest creation.
So raise your glass with a Forbidden KGB, realizing that sometimes, just like this beer and Nikolai there is more to the story than meets the eye. Cheers and as always remember, BEER IS FUN.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Hola Forbidden Peak,
Living the large life down here....after a couple weeks of hiking around Patagonia I´m finally back to a place with a decent Internet connection. Here are the pics with my FPB gear so far. First two are at Torres del Paine National Park in southern Chile. Last one is in the Fitz Roy mountains of southern Argentina. Both places are in in what´s classified as Patagonia. Rugged terrain, that's for sure. No sight of the Jaeger Squirrel but I did catch faint tracks of the elusive StrohChilla. One month down, one to go.
John is currently trying to secure a summer internship working on foreign beer relations in Columbia, trying to obtain for Forbidden Peak our first official militant guerilla army - we wish him luck!! If he makes it back with a camera intact, we'll be sure to pass on those pics as well.
As always, send your pictures, stories, and questions to ForbiddenPeak@gmail.com.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
We noticed a family resemblence to those in the attached photos documenting these travels.
While one or two bottles of fairly decent Vermont Long Trail Ale brews and other local micros were heartily sampled, it can be attested that none compared with the fine elixers produced under the supervision of our beloved Forbidden Peak crew.
The maple sap extraction lines created for lively "Entrapment" style manuevering. Maple syrup in beer? A new venture perhaps.
We are pleased to report that the Vermont side of the family passed the FPB criteria that "beer is fun" - their family tradition is that "Saturday is for beer".
Thanks Cindy & Dave!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
The first night of our Oktoberfest adventure found us exhausted from our journey. We mustered up enough energy to wander into the Oktoberfest grounds and immediately got our second wind. After consuming meter long sausages we wandered into one of the Paulaner tents. A couple liters later and we were right smack in the middle of the party. Though we were a little slow on German the first night, we slowly began to pick up on it when bier related.
We also visited FC Bayern Munich's stadium- really cool building and what do you know, they have beer served everyday there. In conclusion you can pretty much have a beer anywhere in Munich, but the best place is, of course, Oktoberfest.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Forbidden Peak Brewery is proud to sponsor one of the most extreme adventurists of the modern era, Mr. John B, on a solo quest to find the true meaning of Beer is Fun. John's mission has been long, and it has been difficult, and it is our duty to report on the adventures of a true beer fan. John's adventures have been so extensive that we had to break the blog post into two segments...
Our hero began in Bellingham, Washington, with a glimmer in his eye and a Forbidden Peak Brewery beanie on this head.
A stop in Bend, Oregon found our friends at Deschutes Brewery and Mirror Pond, the lake namesake of their pale ale.
Friends, do NOT try this next one at home. John and his skilled team of safari guides were able to get close enough to a relative of the JaegerSquirrel surveying his territory over Crater Lake.
John then headed east for a stop at the Grand Canyon. Extensive measurements here determined that, indeed, it is easier to jump over a camp fire after drinking a JaegerSquirrel Porter.
Next stop, Zion National Park in Utah. John is convinced this is where Squatch comes to vacation during the summer months, but unfortunately we were not able to confirm this with a sighting.
In the end, it was time for a nice evening at a classy establishment in Deer Lodge, Montana. I mean seriously, who doesn't love to spend time in Deer Lodge?
Thanks John!! We'll catch up with you soon when you head a little farther south for your next adventure!
Forbidden Peak Brewery gear is popping up all over the world and we're going to be posting some of our recent favorites over the next few days. We're also close to awarding our first annual Forbidden Peak Brewery "We were here, we drank beer" FPB Ambassador of the Year award!
First, one of our East coast reps made an expedition to the Dominican Republic. FPB is lucky to have quite a loyal fan base in Boston... thanks Ben!
Dear Brewers of Forbidden Peak,
First: Congratulations on your recent achievements! Nothing makes me more proud (or thirsty) then seeing awards thrust upon such skilled brewers.
Second: I would like to share a picture with you. These were taken along the distant coast of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic while exploring the Caribbean for warm weather during the cold New England winter. While we were able to forage sufficient food from the buffet, our thirsts were difficult to quench for lack of Forbidden Peak behind the bar. In hopes of spreading the word I flew the Forbidden Peak flag on the beach as it was pumelled by a fierce hurricaine...or rather a mild tropical storm....well, maybe a strong sea breeze...(it was quite windy).
Keep up the good work and be sure to tell me as soon as your distribution extends to the metro Boston area.
Monday, June 1, 2009
A few of the FPB Brew Crew Members snuck out early to compete in the King Slammin 5K run. They represented well, breaking into the top 10 and energizing the rest of the crew.
Thanks to the entire FPB Crew who contributed to the brewing, bottling, tasting, and inspiration for all of our award winning brews!
Stay tuned into the store as the Skookum's Gold line of shirts (t-shirts, long sleeve t-shirts, and hooded sweatshirts) will be available for purchase in the next week or two.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Sara, Skye, Carolyn, Conor, Mike, Justin, Ariana, Kevin, and Anya claim Mt. Tamalpais in the name of Forbidden Peak Brewery.
Brewmaster Skye does a test run on "the ladder".
Carolyn & Conor pose with a view of Stinson Beach in the background. Further down the trail was a friend of Squatch's Uncle (Fear Liath). The bagpiper was working on his lung capacity and agreed to play us a tune as a we marched up the Steep Ravine portion of the trail.