C’mon, Stop Clowning Around: The (Censored) Ale Story


By David R. Pierce, Director of Brewing Operations, New Albanian Brewing Company

It all started with a bottle of 8 Wired Saison Sauvin being shared by NABC Brewers Josh Hill and Peter Fingerson, and 4 o’clock beer talk: Have we ever brewed a hoppy Saison?

A few days later the beer was Brooklyn Sorachi Ace Saison. Texts flew back and forth regarding the hop selection — maybe we can get some of those hops from New Zealand or Australia that the cool brewers use, or some of those sold-out-until-2016 American dream hops?

And so our first true NABC Brewers collaboration in several years was born. A formula was fleshed out to be brewed at our R & D Brewery. It was fine-tuned after many discussions among our young brewing staff over the course of many brew days.

The search for ingredients moved forward with an assist from our good friends to the North, FLAT12 Bierwerks. They had a few pounds of Citra available for sale, and offered to deliver on their way to Nashville for an event. Yeast was selected, ordered, and shipped. We brewed 8 barrels of a very special saison.

Now, what to name our creation?

We kicked around several great names, but Google proved them to be taken. Our eureka moment came during a lively discussion of the movie Office Space. The details are fuzzy, but this we know: As David Pierce celebrates Michael Bolton’s whole catalog, Ben Minton expresses no toleration for “that no-talent ass-clown.”

Add Citra hops, and there you have it: Citra Ass Clown. We hope you enjoy drinking it as much as we did creating it. This probably will be the only time you get any Citra Ass Clown, since all the cool brewers have sucked up each and every Citra hop pellet. So, get some.

NABC Citra Ass Clown

Malt: Weyermann BoHo Pils, Gambrinus Honey Malt, and White wheat

Special ingredient: Honey Tree honey from Hosey Honey

Hops: Citra in the kettle and dry hops

Yeast: BSI-565 Saison

OG: 18 degree Plato

IBU: 50

ABV: 7.5%

Special treatment: Fermented hot, dry-hopped cold for four weeks

Postscript by Roger: I wouldn’t know an insane clown posse if it passed me on the street, but I’m familiar with coulrophobia, and this ale is the antidote. The whole NABC brew team contributed to this project, and their creative passion makes us all very proud. It was fun, and at the end of the day, if you can’t have fun brewing and drinking beer – what’s the point?

5 Responses to “C’mon, Stop Clowning Around: The (Censored) Ale Story”

  1. Jeff CoeJanuary 14, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

    That doesn’t really address the ATG connection.

    • Roger BaylorJanuary 14, 2014 at 4:28 pm #

      It wasn’t supposed to, at least not directly; the point was that the ale began development and then acquired its AtG connection — Roger

  2. JodyJanuary 14, 2014 at 4:59 pm #

    Which location can I get some?

  3. Jeff CoeJanuary 15, 2014 at 3:29 pm #

    I hope to get a chance to try the beer! It sounds wonderful. I think the response from ATG on their site is pretty funny. Cheers to everyone involved!


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