The Art of Crafting a Pour
What Makes Craft Beer, Craft Cocktails, and Craft Distilled Spirits Special
What’s behind naming a website Crafted Pours? It’s all about the art (and science) of creating wonderful craft beverages. The special crafting that goes into these beverages before they are poured into glassware and enjoyed by us.
The worlds best beers are artfully crafted by brewmasters who have designed recipes, brewing methods, and aging methods to produce them. Hops, malts, yeast types, and sometimes spices are beautifully blended together in the brewing process. Carefully chosen varieties and strains from the highest quality sourcing partners are hand-selected. The ingredients are carefully integrated into the brewing process with quantities and timing of additions being all part of the crafting process. The end results are amazingly complex, and flavorful beers.
Let’s take a look at a world-class crafted beer, Parabola, an Imperial Stout from Firestone Walker. The beer is brewed with a blend of eight malts and oats, and two varieties of hops. After primary fermentation the beer is aged for several months in oak bourbon barrels. The end result is an incredibly complex and flavorful beer with notes of roasted malts, espresso, bourbon, vanilla, and charred oak. Artfully crafted, and highly sought after.
There is also a craft in making cocktails. Craft cocktail bars exist in most major cities, and offer experienced drink masters who artfully craft spirits and other ingredients into amazing drinks. Clyde Common in Portland, Oregon is one example. The bar offers barrel-aged cocktails, which are special blends of spirits aged in whiskey barrels to increase the flavor and uniqueness of the cocktails they serve. Weather Up, in Austin is another example. They specialize in preparing cocktails with the perfect type of ice for each drink. This may sound odd, but visit and watch how the cocktails are artfully prepared and you will walk away with a big appreciation for their craftmanship. The specially prepared ice types are part of their art.
In distilling, the art is in creating those subtle nuances that stand out in a high alcohol spirit. House Spirits, in Portland, Oregon crafts their Aviation Gin with over six hand-selected botanicals, including Juniper, Cardamom, Lavender, and Anise. Proportions are carefully measured to produce a unique and flavorful spirit. Dulce Vida Organic Tequila, in Austin, creates wonderfully crafted tequilas. Their Anejo is produced with peak harvested Blue Agave plants, fermented with a proprietary yeast, and barrel-aged for 24 months. The end results is a complex tequila with notes of caramel and spice.
The crafted pours which we consume and enjoy so much are the result of skilled artisans who artfully produce them. Cheers to all of them for their creativity, expertise, and master skills.