The White Rock Brewery
At White Rock Brewery 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 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
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 lite like in the US, where lite means less calories and less taste. In Germany light only means light in color. We have two German Ales at White Rock, an Amber Ale that has a nice golden hew and a smooth taste and a Cream Ale that is crisp, clear and refreshing.
Hop-accentuated beers of Belgium
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 a Belgium Double IPA in the tradition of a true Belgium beer. The IBUs for our Double 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.
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, 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 chocolate which further helps smooth the taste.
Come on out and taste our Beers, we are confident that you will be pleased.
Greg & Michele