We brew our handcrafted beers from scratch on a daily basis. Over the years, we have won a variety of awards at local, national and international competitions. We brew with the finest ingredients available and brew true-to-style ales and lagers.
All good beer starts with the ingredients barley malt, hops, grains, brewers yeast and quality water. We have access to ingredients from around the brewing world.
Here is a brief background on the ingredients that go into beer.
Barley is the cereal grain that best lends itself to beer making. Malted barley provides the natural enzymes needed for fermentation. Barley is grown in the USA and Canadian plains, England, Belgium, Germany and the Czech Republic. Barley grown in Wisconsin is now returning.
Some beers that we make call for other grains called “adjuncts”.
At the Grumpy Troll we use wheat, rye, corn, oats, flake barley, and wild rice.
Water is beer’s primary ingredient, comprising 85 –95% of the finished product. Our local water is hard in nature, and works great in dark beers. In brewing our lighter colored beers we treat our water.
Hops are the flower of a climbing vine called humulus lupulus. The hop cone – specifically, the oils within the cone – is the part of the hop flower used to give aroma, bitterness and flavor to beer. Hops are grown across the globe along the middle latitudes in the northern and southern hemispheres.
A single-cell organism in the fungus category, yeast consumes the simple sugars from the malted grain and produces carbon dioxide and alcohol. Yeast is responsible for the fermentation process in beer making.