White Rock’s Blitz Creek Brews
At White Rock’s Blitz Creek Brews we take pride in basing our brewing on the styles from the Old Worlds of Belgium, Germany and Ireland. Brewing beer in Belgium dates back at least to the age of the first crusades in the 12th century and has continued to prosper to this day. The Bublitz family has been brewing beers in Germany for over 200 years. Greg is carrying on the tradition with Blitz Creek Brews and has been brewing beer for over 20 years. He has mastered the art of creating some of the best craft beers. The average Belgian drinks 84 liters of beer a year and it is our goal to get our White Rock customers to keep up with the Belgians and drink more beer.
Making Beer at White Rock
It all starts with good fresh ingredients. Until 1993, German beer was brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot, which only permitted water, hops and malt as ingredients. At White Rock we believe in keeping it simple and using great ingredients. We are fortunate to have great water from our natural spring well that is tested yearly. Add the best hops and malts and we are well on our way to producing great beers. We brew all our beer in small batches of 40 gallons or less and use American Oak wine barrels that were previously used for our best red wines. All our beers are unfiltered. Depending on the type of beer being made, one may require multiple rackings (transferred from one barrel or stainless steel tank to another) to remove the natural sediment. Unfiltered beer is more natural and will have small amounts of sediment. Sediment is yeast particles that are full of B-vitamins so it will not harm you and is actually good for you.
Ales of Germany (Rolling Rapids Cream Ale and Firefly Amber Ale)
These are beers similar to the traditional pale ales of Ireland, although less bitterly hopped. They are very popular in the city of Frankfurt, which is one of our favorite cities in the world. We love the history, architecture, Oktoberfest, and of course, the beers. The German Ales are a light beer, not light like in the US, where light means less calories and less taste. In Germany light only means light in color. We have two German Ales at White Rock, Firefly Amber Ale, an Amber Ale that has a nice golden hew and a smooth taste, derived from using local honey, and Rolling Rapids Cream Ale, a Cream Ale that is crisp, clear and refreshing.
Hop-accentuated beers of Belgium (Aftershock IPA)
We fell in love with Pale Ales or should we say, hoppy beers, in Belgium. Michele’s Grandmother lived in Lovendegem which is close to Antwerp, our favorite city in the world. We go there often to visit our family and friends, eat great food and of course, drink as many of their beers as possible.
A few Belgian Double IPA beers are pale and assertively hopped. The hoppiness of a true Belgian beer is measured by the IBUs or International Bittering Units. At White Rock we brew our Aftershock IPA, a Belgium Double IPA in the tradition of a true Belgian beer. The IBUs for Aftershock IPA are 100+. Brewing scientists believe that 100 is the maximum amount of iso-alpha acids, the primary contributor to hop bitterness a brewer can pack into a beer, so we packed it all in. This is not to say that it is terribly strong, but it is jumpin with flavors.
Irish Porters (Dark Skies Porter)
Porters often get a reputation as a dark, strong (overpowering) beer. Porter is a dark style of beer that was developed in London and we think perfected in Ireland. For example, Guinness Extra Stout was originally called Extra Superior Porter and was only given the name Extra Stout in 1840. It is a well-hopped beer made from brown malt. At White Rock Dark Skies Porter, we enhance and smooth out the flavor by adding in local Roanoke Mill Mountain Coffee beans. We only let the coffee beans seep in the malt for a short period of time to just give it a hint of the coffee flavor and not overpower the natural grains and malt. We wanted to create a Porter that is smooth and not heavy and can be enjoyed anytime. The malt is also enhanced with coco nibs, which further helps smooth the taste.
Seasonal Brews (Brewster’s Blend)
Each season we will feature a new craft beer that just tastes great for that time of year. At White Rock, our seasonal craft beer is “Brewster’s Blend”. These seasonal beers will be of the highest quality ingredients and unique to White Rock.