Omertá, Oh How We Missed You.

Omerta
Omerta

A few mornings ago, in the midst of a long and difficult bottling run, Luke walked by me en route to the tool wall. He smelled like an orange orchard and I could see a broken peeler in his hand. It was most definitely the Omertá 'dry hop' day.

Of course, I write dry hop here in quotations because although we do add (dry) hops, it's the addition of several kilograms of fresh orange zest that I'm really referring to. And then when the bajillions of oranges have been zested, we juice the remaining fruit and add that in too. The task is tedious and repetitive, but it's exactly the sort of unglamorous work that happens in the wee hours of the morning, long before that beer makes its way into kegs and bottles. And strangely, when you're on a ladder, at the top of a 24 hectolitre fermenter, carefully administering large doses of vitamin C, you start to get reflective. It's quiet save for the low hiss of the CO2, the brewpub is empty, and you're able to relish a rare calm moment before impending chaos rolls in with the light of day.

Brewing tends to exist in this fashion, characterized by opposing ebbs and flows of calm moments and crunch periods, but in the end it all balances out -- often when enjoying a pint. And the truth about Omertá is, putting the oranges into the fermenter is no challenge compared to extracting them. But we can save that gruesome story for a rainy day.

Omertá is a beer with lots of history (our first Beer 4 Boobs entry), a few recipe tweaks over the past two years (navel oranges now instead of blood oranges), and a reputation for selling out way too quickly (we hardly manage to grab a bottle or two ourselves). Like an unreliable couch surfer, this beer arrives with little warning and never sticks around very long. (We can at least guarantee you that it won't eat all the leftovers in your fridge). And whether it's the subtle orange/pink hue from the addition of hibiscus flowers or the bold orange peel aromatics from all that zesting we enslave ourselves with, there's no denying that this beer has a hypnotizing effect on people.

The cause for any hubbub in releasing the next batch is all thanks to Doublenaut, for creating yet another perfectly fitting and spectacular custom label. We couldn't be more excited to finally put a face to the name and introduce you, formally, once again, to the inimitable Omertá!

Omertá
Omertá

Bottles make their way to the Bottle Shop next Friday August 1st.