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Pooch & Mike’s Old Man Ale

Pooch & Mike’s is an altbier. The German altbier (literally ‘old beer’) is the traditional style brewed in and around Düsseldorf. It is a brown ale with enough hop bitterness to balance the sweetness of the Munich malt.

Pooch was the son of a German immigrant. Mike is his son and my old man. This beer is a toast to both of them.

food pairingsAltbiers have a bit of caramelized character that you can use to pair with food. Roasted meats, grilled veggies, hearty stews, sausages, and seared fish all do well with an altbier.

styleDüsseldorf Altbier

alcohol4.6% by volume

original gravity1.045

final gravity1.010

bitterness30 IBU

maltsMunich, German pils

hopsTettnanger, Pearle, Saaz, Northern Brewer

date brewed volume method
1 Oct 2005 5 gallons all grain
13 Jul 2004 5 gallons mini-mash
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