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Dampf Punk Joins the Switchback Lineup

Everybody welcome Dampf Punk to the Switchback fam!

Switchback Brewing Company Dampf Punk

DAMPF PUNK, a hoppy California-style Common started as a one-off experimental batch. This rebel brew quickly became a favorite among our Tap Room regulars and these self-proclaimed Punk fans insisted that we make it available outside the brewery. So here is our unique take on this 100% American beer style.

While still using our house lager yeast, this beer is fermented at a warmer temperature closer to ale yeast conditions, giving it a toasty flavor that is light and crisp. Dry-hopping this beer with a brand new, unnamed hop variety provides soft tropical and herbal notes. The result is wonderfully clean and complex, our unique take on this 100% American beer style.

Look for Dampf Punk at your favorite bars, stores and restaurants...or better yet, ask for it!

Beers by Bill: Dooley's Belated Porter
Switchback Brewing Company Dooley's Belated Porter

I can still remember the day I walked up to Chris Dooley as he was cleaning parts at the sink to ask him what kind of beer he’d like to make next. As our first employee Dooley got to choose. He wanted to make a porter, and happily we both agreed to use Deschutes Black Butte Porter as our gold standard for what a porter can be. Switchback’s porter is on the hoppy side, being a 100% Simcoe beer. Little did we know at the time how popular Simcoe would become for IPAs. We just liked using this hop in our Ale and wanted to exploit its aroma qualities for the porter. But with a big malt backbone and the unusual use of flaked barley, the beer drinks with a smooth balance.

Not having enough brewing capacity to keep up with Ale sales, the beer development had quite a few delays. In fact, by the time we were ready to do a full blown release of our porter it had been five years since Dooley and I had first talked about it. Which is how our fanciful name “Dooley’s Belated Porter” came about. It is important to note that Dooley himself is still alive and kicking. Only the porter was belated.

Bill Cherry
Brewery Owner/Brewmaster

Switchback Brewing Co. Releases Combo Packs

Switchback Brewing Co. beers will soon be available in Combo 12-Packs at local stores. The October release of the Combo Pack is the first time Switchback’s iconic stubby bottles will be available in a 12-pack. This exciting addition to the brewery’s offerings required brand new package construction and design. The challenge of efficiently uniting three beer varieties into a single box resulted in a unique packaging process involving equipment modifications and good ol’ fashioned manual labor by Switchback’s employee-owners.

The Combo Pack gives the consumers an opportunity to purchase an assortment of quality Switchback beers at a lower price and allows the rotating special beers to have more availability to the market.

Switchback Brewing Company Combo Pack

And good things come in Combo Packs!

The first Combo Packs to be released will contain six Switchback Ale, three Citra-Pils Keller Bier, and three Dooley’s Belated Porter in 12oz stubby bottles. Switchback Ale—the number one selling draught beer in Vermont — is a staple for many customers. The Citra-Pils, launched year-round in January, is a clean, refreshing pilsner style lager, dry-hopped with Citra hops, giving it bright lemony citrus notes. Dooley’s Belated Porter exhibits bold, roasted flavors and a smooth finish featuring a single hop variety, Simcoe. The Porter is the first of a few rotating beers to be featured in the Combo Pack, depending on the time of year. Like all Switchback beers, all three varieties are 100% naturally carbonated and left unfiltered.

Brewer Bites: Slow-Fermented Brown Ale

In 2009, we acquired a “new” four-vessel copper brew house from Germany and began brewing all of our flagship Switchback Ale on this 66 barrel system rather than on our original two-vessel 15 barrel system, allowing us to make significantly more beer at a time and subsequently giving our brewers a whole lot of extra free time. But of course, a brewer’s mind never sits idle, and thoughts immediately turned towards new beers and recipes that we could brew on the old 15 barrel system. It was during this period when we were finally able to brew and release Dooley’s Belated Porter (which had been in the works for nearly 5 years!), and many other thoughts and ideas quickly came and went. Our head brewer, Tony Morse, really likes Genesee Cream Ale, and with the obvious exception of Switchback Ale, it might even be his favorite beer of all time. When he suggested that we brew our own version of a Cream Ale, everyone else laughed, except for him and Switchback’s owner/founder/brewmaster Bill Cherry, who knew that Tony was actually on to something big.

Bill had been wanting to brew and release another malt-forward beer for a while, and he began thinking about the effects of fermenting a malty brown ale at temperatures slightly lower than normal for typical ale fermentation. These conditions would suppress a number of the fruity esters produced by the yeast during fermentation, allowing the flavors of nutty and caramel malts to shine through. Also, when the yeast has to work in these cooler environments, they struggle to break down the sugars and convert them into CO2 and alcohol, but this struggle also produces a smooth, creamy mouthfeel like that of a Cream Ale, and this beer can indeed only be described as “crazy smooth.”  

Sean Reen
Switchback Brewer