For my second beer of the Great War Series I bring you an unusual beer named after the commander of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) General John “Black Jack” Pershing. But first, a story.
For this beer I had planned on brewing a French Saison which I was going to call Marshall Foch after the infamous French general during the Great War. It was going to be a simple beer, with few ingredients and a simple hop schedule using French Striselspalt hops. When I went to purchase the ingredients, the hops were sold out! So, after some research I bought Mt. Hood hops because it was, so far as I could determine, the closest to the French hops out there. But by the time the hops arrived, I had buyers remorse and decided I didn’t want to make the Saison if I couldn’t do it with the ingredients I wanted to use.
So there I was, with 2 oz of Mt. Hood hops and no idea what to do with them. Then one day I saw a post on one of the Gluten Free Homebrew forums I frequent and it was about Harvester Brewing Apple IPA. Now, as a fan of IPA’s and Dry-Hopped Cider I must say this beer sounds like something I’d really enjoy. I’ve never had it; I’ve never had any of their beers, but I can imagine what it tastes like. I decided to make my own version of it and base it off of some sort of part of the American involvement in the Great War.
When I had finished brewing it, it was a lot darker than I had anticipated and since it is 50% cider, I thought of “Black Jack.” Black because of the color and Jack because of Apple Jack (which I haven’t yet made but do plan on attempting one day). With that in mind, I introduce to you my own Apple Pale Ale, named after General John “Black Jack” Pershing. Along with George Washington, the only American general to achieve the highest possible rank in the military and the only one to do so while alive. He mentored Generals George Marshall, Dwight Eisenhower, Omar Bradley and George Patton. If that isn’t enough, the American participation in the 2nd Battle of the Marne is considered a key turning point in the Great War. This guy deserves a beer.
My brother-in-law was in town. Thankfully, he is already saved, so I can concentrate all of my effort into trying to convert him to the joy of homebrewing. I think he enjoyed it.
Black Jack Pershing
5 Gallon Batch
- 1lb 5oz Brown Rice Syrup (Full boil)
- 2lbs Candi Syrup (D-45) (Flame out)
- 1oz of Columbus hops at 30 minutes
- 1oz of Mt. Hood hops at 10 minutes
- 1oz of Mt. Hood hops dry-hopped for the first seven days
- 8oz maltodextrine (Full boil)
- 2 1/2 gallons of apple juice poured into the primary
- S-05 yeast
This was an easy brew. So easy that I made black cherry chocolate ice cream while I brewed this. In a few weeks I will bottle it and we’ll see how it tastes.
Deuteronomy 14.24-26: “But if the distance is too great for you to carry it, since the place where Yahweh your God chooses to put His name is too far away from you and since the Lord your God has blessed you, then exchange it for money, take the money in your hand, and go to the place the Lord your God chooses. You may spend the money on anything you want: cattle, sheep, wine, beer, or anything you desire. You are to feast there in the presence of the Lord your God and rejoice with your family.”