A Dampfbier. On August 1st, August Schell Brewing Co. will release a beer honoring Otto Schell, the second president of Schell’s (1902-1911). The beer is a Bavarian Forest Dampfbier. As the folks at Schell’s put it,
Dampfbiers came from southern Bavaria during the late eighteenth century, when the Bavarian Forest was was one of the poorest regions in Bavaria. Wheat was too valuable to be wasted on beer brewing, and the hops of the nearby Hallertau region were too expensive to purchase. So brewers developed an all barley beer, but didn’t have the temperature control to produce lagers. With ales being a rarity in Germany, it required the brewer to travel to the nearest Weissbier brewery and scrounge some yeast to brew their Dampfbier.
Jace tells me it’s an all-barley beer fermented with their weizen yeast. Sounds good to me!