|Map of Cascadia; Columbia River watershed areas.|
I was inspired by Callenbach's vision of the future and the ever larger number of delicious Cascadian Dark Ales being produced to make one of my own. Ecotopia CDA makes use of generous amounts of hops, but deviates from traditional varietals in the use of Citra in the finish and for dry hopping. American 2 row, crystal 120, chocolate and Carafa II (dehusked) comprise the grain bill. I mashed on the cooler side (148 degrees F) to encourage beta-amylase activity for a more fermentable mash. I'll be adding a pound of raw, unfiltered clover honey to secondary to dry the beer out further and hopefully retain some of the raw honey's characteristics. It should be opaque, hoppy, medium-bodied and delicious.