Rogue’s 10,000th batch

Rogue 10,000Rogue Ales master brewer John Maier has brewed his 10,000th batch. (In fact, he brewed it Nov. 14 of last year, but Maier is not one to rush a beer out of the brewery.)

Maier brewed the first batch of Rogue Ales in a garage on the Yaquina Bayfront in Newport, Oregon, on May 18, 1989. In the 18 years since he created and brewed 60-plus beers.

But to the important stuff. What about the beer; what’s the style?

“It’s not any style, but it will be good,” Maier is quoted as saying in a Rogue press release.

To brew the beer he used Vienna, French special aroma and Maris Otter pale malts; Yakima Summit and German Saphir hops; the top-fermenting Pacman yeast; and as always free range coastal waters.

The specs: 22 Plato, 78 AA, 60 IBU, 30 Lovibond. It is packaged in 750ml black ceramic bottles with swingtop closures. Maier, as you can see from the illustration, is pictured on the front. Only 10,000 serigraphed bottles are available.