The power of three dominates writing and design principles and suggests that when things come in threes they are more effective and satisfying. The power of three entities combines both brevity and rhythm, while being simple and catchy.
Brewmaster John Dean, Blind Tiger Brewery + Restaurant, harnessed this power when he invited the brewers at Topeka’s two newest breweries (Happy Basset Brewing Co. and Norsemen Brewing Co.) to join together with him in brewing a collaboration beer.
“If you start at the Blind Tiger Brewery and draw a line west to the Happy Basset Brewing Company, then north over the river to the Norsemen Brewing Company, then back to the Blind Tiger, you’ll see the Topeka Beermuda Triangle,” said Dean. “We thought the best way to welcome Topeka’s new Microbreweries was invite them to brew a collaboration beer with us.”
Collaboration Beer Old School Topeka Style.
Topeka Beermuda Triangle was brewed, fermented and conditioned on the brewing system at the Blind Tiger Brewery, with ingredients supplied by Blind Tiger. The recipe for the new beer was created jointly by the brewers from all three breweries.
The team decided on a style of beer that was popular for Topeka brewer August Herboldscheimer and his Topeka Steam Brewery back in 1882. They used whole hop cones to mimic the brewing methods of 1882 for the sake of authenticity. They also used a kind of fermentation method brewers were forced to employ prior to refrigeration. Lager yeast was used but fermented at ale temperatures. After the primary fermentation process, it is then lagered (cold conditioned) for seven weeks. The result is “Topeka Beermuda Triangle” an amber-colored lager with toasty caramel malt aromas and flavors. The beer is not hoppy and has medium bitterness.
The Fraternal Order of Beer
This collaboration is a good example of the fraternal atmosphere in the burgeoning craft beer industry. “All across America craft brewers do not look at each other as competitors – they look at each other as fraternity members. This unique feeling of cooperation among craft brewers is one of the many appealing aspects of the craft beer industry,” stated Blind Tiger owner Jay Ives in a press release.
“Beermuda Triangle showcases the camaraderie of the craft beer industry,” said Jared Rudy, Norsemen Brewing Co. “This is one of the few industries where everybody works together to continue to innovate and grow the craft. It’s one of the reasons why we entered into the industry: the love of craft beer.”
“Since we have started getting into the Craft Beer industry, we couldn’t be more excited with how much help everyone has been,” added Eric Craver, Happy Basset Brewing Co. “We are especially grateful to the Blind Tiger Brewery because they have taught Topeka what great beer tastes like and this collaboration has really helped us to feel what the industry is all about.”
The Topeka Trifecta of Breweries
Blind Tiger Brewery + Restaurant [37th + Kansas Ave.] has been brewing award winning craft beer and serving great food for over 21 years.
Happy Basset Brewing Company [6032 SW 29th St. / Villa West Shopping Center] loves brewing beer for dog’s best friend, thus the name. They are diligently working on their brewing system, their many required permits and licenses and are finishing off their tasting room (beer only, bring your own food) with plans to open in July.
Norsemen Brewing Company started as home brewers in 2010. Falling in love with the art of craft beer and the industry led to the desire to open a brewery [830 N. Kansas Ave. / NOTO]. The Norsemen name was chosen to connect them to North Topeka and pay homage to the Northern Hills Junior High lost mascot. Norsemen Brewing Company is a microbrewery and taproom with an event space for private events. The brewery’s main focus will be providing the best craft beer experience in North Topeka.
Three Places to Taste
Try Topeka Beermuda Triangle during the First Friday ArtWalk on June 3 at the Blind Tiger Brewery, at Norsemen Brewing Co in NOTO or at Kaw Valley Bank on N. Kansas Ave, where Happy Basset Brewing Co. will be serving. Topeka Beermuda Triangle will remain on tap at the Blind Tiger, until it disappears.