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Old 01-25-2010, 12:13 AM   #1
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So I was thinking about making up a brew using Zeus hops and figured why not call it Zeus and try to make a style fitting. I figure something like a strong golden old ale on oak using just Zeus hops (maybe Olympic too). In thinking of this I ended up coming up with a few others with the same thinking and decided why not make a series of them. This is what I came up with so far:

Zeus: Golden oak strong/old ale w/zeus hops
Ares: Strong red ale w/ Zeus, Tomahawk, and Warrior hops
Dionysus: Strong purple (boil some berries for color only) barleywine w/ zeus and other hops (not sure what). Possibly add grapes or wine somehow.
Apollo: Strong golden wheat or wit w/zeus and sun hops
Elysian Fields: Strong Golden Belgian w/ Zeus and citrusy hops
River Styx: Dark and thick

Any suggestions or changes?

PS: Ares, dionysus, and apollo have zeus and other hops because they're his children

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Old 01-25-2010, 12:23 AM   #2
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Cool idea...I think you should model Dionysus after Midas Touch...with saffron and honey and maybe muscat grape juice. That's sort of what you wanted with the wine/grapes. High ABV and a little sweet.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f78/dog-...s-touch-71861/

Also, the Hellespont could be the name of a Helles if you lagering facilities.
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I brewed this one up last year:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f69/king-gods-ipa-131848/

Would not hestitate to do it again. It is fun idea. It is something to say when people ask what the beer is. (I don't normally name my beers.)

Niko sells some Apollo hops: http://www.nikobrew.com/

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I just made a sweet oat stout I named River Styx. I name all of my beers along the lines of fantasy: "The Cloaked Wizard Brewery".

PS... there are Orion Hops out there somewhere, but I haven't been able to find them. As someone with an Orion tattoo, I'd really like to get my hands on some.

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No goddesses?

Your Apollo beer would be much better for Demeter.

Don't forget the heroes (Heracles, Theseus, etc.)

Post all the names when your done. Cool idea! (Although I may be biased--I'm a classicist )

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There is this restaurant (My Big Fat Greek Restaurant) that just moved into town who is doing this. They have an Apollo and a Zeus. Neither of which are any good.

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How about a Hades hefeweizen?

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Cool idea...I think you should model Dionysus after Midas Touch...with saffron and honey and maybe muscat grape juice. That's sort of what you wanted with the wine/grapes. High ABV and a little sweet.

Also, the Hellespont could be the name of a Helles if you lagering facilities.
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Good idea on the Midas Touch. I didn't like the commercial one, but I might be able to take some aspects from the brew.

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I brewed this one up last year:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f69/king-gods-ipa-131848/

Niko sells some Apollo hops: http://www.nikobrew.com/
Sweet, good to know that a good brew can be made with mostly Zeus hops. I hadn't used them yet but that one sounds like what I was expecting. Had no idea there was Apollo hops, shame my LHBS doesn't have them.

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I just made a sweet oat stout I named River Styx. I name all of my beers along the lines of fantasy: "The Cloaked Wizard Brewery".
Oat stout was exactly what I was thinking, but couldn't think of how to better tie it into the mythology.

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No goddesses?

Your Apollo beer would be much better for Demeter.

Don't forget the heroes (Heracles, Theseus, etc.)

Post all the names when your done. Cool idea! (Although I may be biased--I'm a classicist )
I agree on Demeter, but at this point I was just looking at Zeus and his kids so I went with Apollo. Any suggestions on the goddesses? I couldn't think of a fitting brew for them. Best I could think of was a maple brown/porter for Artemis but wasn't sure if it fit. I was trying to think of ones for Heracles, but couldn't think of what to do different than the Ares one.

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There is this restaurant (My Big Fat Greek Restaurant) that just moved into town who is doing this. They have an Apollo and a Zeus. Neither of which are any good.
hopefully I don't have the same problem
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I agree on Demeter, but at this point I was just looking at Zeus and his kids so I went with Apollo. Any suggestions on the goddesses? I couldn't think of a fitting brew for them. Best I could think of was a maple brown/porter for Artemis but wasn't sure if it fit. I was trying to think of ones for Heracles, but couldn't think of what to do different than the Ares one.
Well, Demeter is Zeus's sister.

And Heracles is Zeus's son, too. The Heracles one should be a strong, rustic ale. He was the hero for the common, country man. A good farmhouse?

For Apollo and Artemis, it would be cool if you could come up with a pair of similar recipes (they're twins). But Artemis is supposed to represent the wilderness and Apollo the sophisticated city life. Maybe a nice mellow ale with some oakiness for Apollo and a brett version for Artemis.

Ares could be a red ale. He is the god of warfighting, hand-to-hand combat, that kind of thing. Your strong red will be perfect.

Athena, a daughter of Zeus, is the goddess of strategy, armies, etc., as well as skilled crafts. So your most complex recipe would work for her.

Nice concept. Good luck.
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Wow you're good
I like how this is coming along and it's letting me cover a lot of different styles. What do you think about a porter with a good amount of toasted pale malt along with some roasted stuff for Prometheus?

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