Great Notion Jammy Pants (Blueberry, Boysenberry, Blackberry)
We have several different iterations of Jammy Pants that use cherry, lime, and even peanut butter cups. The original version that Metro, our Alberta R&D brewer, created featured Blueberries, Boysenberries, and Blackberries.
Jammy Pants is on the lighter side of the sour beers we produce, but it boasts a higher amount of fruit puree for a full flavored beer. The recipe uses both oats and wheat, which add to a fuller body and richer mouthfeel in the finished beer. These grains make up a third of the malt bill, with the majority being pale Pilsner malt. We extract all of the sugars during mashing to produce alcohol, but use simpler malts to keep the focus on the fruit.
A touch of Loral hops are added to the whirlpool, and nowhere else in the process. The sour yeast strain that ferments this beer is selected by our brewers for its ability to keep off flavors and aromas to a minimum, this once again helps keep all of your attention on the fruit flavors. After fermentation is complete, we add the fruits for their flavors, but also to help balance the acidity of the beer with the sweetness of the berry purees.
Great Notion Brewing is a project started by three friends; Andy Miller, James Dugan, and Paul Reiter. All three guys met each other out of coincidence, they live on the same street in North Portland. Andy and James met each other while home brewing in 2010, and began developing recipes and building a friendship.
Together they have 25 years of brewing experience with medals in the National Homebrew Competition for fruit lambic and Double IPA. Paul Reiter has a degree in business and finance with a focus on start-ups and creative enterprise .
In April of 2014, the boys finally got together and shared some home brew. On this night they enjoyed a Stout with hand smoked Vienna malt, a 3 year old Peach Sour, and a 10% double IPA. It’s fair to say, on this night, Great Notion Brewing was born.