|Lompoc brewer Irena Bierzynski|
We began this beer by brewing a batch of Kick Axe, our pale ale, on March 21st. Bryan pitched the yeast and left the beer to begin fermentation in a tank. Two days later, the beer was fermenting vigorously. That day, Bryan and I brought the barrels into the brewery to be filled. First the fruit, tart cherries, was put into the barrels, then approximately five barrels of the pale ale was added on top of that. The beer was left in the barrels for a few more weeks to complete fermentation.
|Lompoc Head Brewer Bryan Kielty|
To determine which beers to use and in what proportions, we first blended them on a smaller scale. We made quite a few mixtures, varying the proportions of the beers, and tasted each one to see which ones were the most enjoyable. It was decided that a mixture of the barrel-aged pale ale, Cherry Bomb, and a wheat wine was the best and would be made on a larger scale for the festival. (Cherry Bomb is our Proletariat Red Ale aged in port barrels on top of tart cherries, and it’s pretty excellent too.) It was the presence of Cherry Bomb in the blend that led to the name Bomb.com - it’s a reference to the other “bomb” ale, and is slang for “awesome”.
Irena Bierzynski, Lompoc Brewer