Orange County, California’s The Bruery is known for their sour/wild ales and big barrel-aged beers but their latest is a lot more quenchable. Ruekeller Helles is joining The Bruery’s year-round lineup and will be available in 16oz cans and draft across their entire national distribution footprint. Ruekeller Helles is expected to hit shelves of retailers and craft beer bars across the country by the end of January 2020.
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Innovation and experimentation are two things The Bruery has always been known for. Almost a year ago, the team at The Bruery challenged themselves to experiment in a new way, by brewing a world-class lager. Founder Patrick Rue states, “With all the experimentation that we do, sometimes getting back to tradition allows us to get more innovative.” So after several successful Tasting Room exclusive releases and creating one of the highest-rated Helles lagers on Untappd, it was an easy decision to get these beers out to a bigger group of enthusiasts.
The name Ruekeller is a play on words, paying homage to both the traditional Krausen method of brewing fine lagers, and The Bruery’s namesake. In German, “ruh” literally translates to “quiet or “peace,” while in brewing, it refers to the step where almost finished beer rests in a secondary fermentation so that it can mellow and develop. The Ruhkeller, or “Rest Cellar,” is where the beer will be krausened. Krausening is a traditional German method for carbonating beers without using sugars or other adjuncts. Instead, actively fermenting malt wort is added to the fermented beer to provide the malted sugars needed for carbonation. During this step, the beer is crash cooled into what is referred to as lagering, lager meaning “to store.” This method is difficult in nature, meticulous in process, but the end product is an extraordinary craft lager.