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Jig Head Brewing Company

 

We skillfully craft artisan beers that represent a wide variety of styles, from crisp, refreshing lagers to intense Belgian Dark Strong Ales.

If you’re new to the craft beer scene we have highly approachable selections that will taste familiar, but with more character than mass-produced beer — a great introduction to craft beer.

For the experienced aficionado we offer rich, complex beers that often push into new stylistic territory.

Either way, we have craft beer for everyone.

 

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Our Beers

Our Core Beers

 

Skipjack Belgian Saison

 

A note from the brewer: “If I could only have one beer for the rest of my life, I would choose Skipjack. It has everything I love in a beer — loads of character, perfect drinkability, thirst-quenching, gorgeous color, pairs with everything, great for cooking, suitable for any time of year, and ideal alcohol content. Plus, it’s loaded with fond memories for me, as my dad introduced me to this style in Belgium 30 years ago, and we had a great time crushing it.”

Overall Impression: No funky “barnyard” character here; the focus is on the traditional refreshing, thirst-quenching aspects of the style, perfect for hot weather and easy food pairings.

Profile: Highly aromatic; prominent fruity character from Belgian yeast, but not funky; mild black pepper spice and some basil notes; restrained bitterness and mild tartness complement the orange citrus notes; highly carbonated and effervescent; grainy Pilsner malt mouthfeel yields to a dry, snappy finish, inviting the next drink.

 

48 Fathom Porter

Overall Impression: Rich in malt character, but not heavy, this smooth Porter boasts bold chocolate aromas with hints of toast and coffee.

Profile: Dark Munich malts dominate, supported by caramel, chocolate, toast, and coffee flavors. Roasty character is restrained. Hop character is absent. Body is medium-full, mouthfeel is creamy, especially as it warms. Even though alcohol is moderate, no alcohol impression is apparent in aroma or flavor. There is just enough bitterness to wind up the malt-sweet mid-palate, for a smooth, satisfying finish.

 

Sunfish Session Pale Ale

Overall Impression: A crisp, easy-drinking pint with a pronounced hop aroma, but not the assertive bitterness of an IPA. Light, fruity, and highly drinkable.

Profile: Bright tropical/citrus hops greet you in the nose, followed by a gentle grapefruit flavor with light mouthfeel and crisp, mildly bitter finish in classic pale ale style. This beer boasts big character and drinkability, but lower alcohol so you can have a pint and still keep your wits about you.

 

Total Eclipse Belgian Black Ale

Overall Impression: A highly aromatic, drinkable style-bender that combines Belgian yeast fruitiness and spiciness with prominent notes of chocolate and some coffee. Think of it as a Belgian Porter.

Profile: Intense initial aromatic impression. Belgian fruitiness harmonizes perfectly with chocolate and coffee aromas. Abundant Vienna and Munich malts provide body, but high attenuation of the Belgian yeast makes for a dry finish more typical of a black lager. Roasty character is restrained. Hop character is absent. Mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth and creamy.

 

  • Betty’s Island
  • Blonde Ale
  • 5.1% IBU 17

Overall Impression: An ale masquerading as a Bavarian lager. Notes of honey and bread complemented by classic noble hop aroma. Approachable, but far more interesting than the typical thin macro lager.

Profile: Rich golden color. A thick, pure white head diffuses subtle aromas of honey, bread, and floral hops. Some very mild fruitiness does distinguish it from a German lager. Effervescent and aromatic. Pilsner and Vienna malts provide a little backbone in the mid-palate. Finishes crisp and clean, with a mild and rapidly fading noble hop character.

Bottle Conditioning

The Importance of Bottle Conditioning

Bottle conditioning has a dramatic impact on the aroma, flavor, and other characteristics of the beer. When a beer is bottle conditioned, “priming” sugar is added to the beer just before bottling, and the beer re-ferments in the bottle, producing a calculated amount of carbonation and altering the flavor and aroma.

An essential aspect of bottle conditioning is the extended time the beer has in contact with the yeast. Beer that has been “brightened” and force carbonated is separated from the yeast before packaging, and does not have the advantage of extended conditioning. But bottle-conditioned beer will continue to develop in the bottle.

This is not to say that brightened beer has no place in your glass. Excellent beers are produced by this method, and we offer many of them ourselves. But some styles greatly improve by bottle-conditioning, and we take full advantage of the technique to produce some of the finest beers available anywhere on the planet.

Some styles that are improved by bottle conditioning:

  • Belgian Blondes, Dubbels, Tripels, and Quadrupels
  • Imperial Stouts
  • Barleywines
  • Bière de Garde
  • Hefeweizen

The sediment that develops in the bottom of the bottle is a normal result of the bottle conditioning process. Some people decant the beer into a glass and leave the last bit in the bottle, but some think the beer is improved by adding the sediment.

In that case, the traditional serving technique depends on the style of beer. For a Hefeweizen, pour 2/3 of the bottle, then swirl the rest and pour it into the glass.

Many aficionados of Belgian beers also prefer to pour the “dregs” into the glass for additional character. Our Belgians are sold in 750 mL bottles, so we recommend a two-stage pour, explained here.

As we like to say, taste is a matter of taste. When serving a bottle-conditioned beer, ask your guest if he would like you to serve the yeast. If so, go ahead and pour it all into the glass.