The following beer recipe is featured in the January/February 2020 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Access this issue along with the archives with Zymurgy Online!
Erich Purcell, 2019 GABF Pro-Am Competition Bronze Medal, with Ross Koenigs of New Belgium Brewing Co.
Chess with Checkers is something Purcell calls a house beer that he brews fairly regularly. "I love tripels, but I can't drink them the way I want to drink beer. So, I started pulling the recipe down to try to get it to a more quaffable strength, but still retain that Belgian flavor," he says.
He describes it as a Pilsner with a pile of Belgian flavor. "It still has a hoppiness that you don't see in many belgian beers, but it's backed up by all of the esters an phenols that you do expect," he says.
That's exactly what stuck out to Ross Koenigs, research and development brewer at New Belgium Brewing Co., who said it's a beer that every brewer wahts to make and to drink. "It was bright and crisp and had all the great Belgian character, but supremely drinkable and super well balanced," Koenigs says.
Find the rest of Purcell's story along with the other 2019 Great American Beer Festival Pro-Am winners in Zymurgy magazine.