White Rock’s Craft Brews
At White Rock 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.
White Rock’s Amber Ale & Cream 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: Amber Ale, which has a nice golden hew and a smooth taste derived from using local honey, and Cream Ale, which is crisp, clear and refreshing.
White Rock’s IPA
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 IPA, a Belgium Double IPA in the tradition of a true Belgian beer. The IBUs 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 in full-flavored.
Porters often get a reputation as a dark, strong (overpowering) beer. Porter is a dark style of beer that was developed in London and some would say 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. Our Porter’s enhanced and smooth flavor uses 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. The malt is also enhanced with coco nibs, which further helps smooth the taste. This creates a Porter that is smooth and not heavy so you can enjoy it anytime!
Each season we will feature a new craft beer that just tastes great for that time of year. At White Rock, our seasonal craft beers will be of the highest quality ingredients and unique to White Rock.