Jon Fischer won the second annual Power House Brewing Company/Columbus Area Classic Alers Brew Club competition. "Since the challenge was to make a single malt beer, pale malted barley seemed to me to be the obvious choice," commented Fischer, adding, "But which one? I chose Rahr six-row barley hoping that it would provide a little more malt character than the usual two-row. True to the pale ale style, I used an English ale yeast and a moderate share of hops. In this case, a blend of Willamette and Columbus, giving the beer a great balance of aroma and bitterness. It has a slight cloudiness to it (I don't use any Irish moss or other means to clarify my beer) so it almost looks like a wheat beer. It had an original gravity of about 1.056 and has about 5 percent alcohol."
Fischer, who says he's a "47-year-old ordinary average guy," will be joining Power House brewers Jon Myers and David Baugher to brew his recipe for public consumption. Watch NUVO for its release date in Columbus, Ind.