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El Paso, Mesilla Brewmasters Cross State Lines to Create a Batch of Weizenbock

Although state regulations prevent beer from crossing stateliness, one El Paso Brewmaster and one New Mexico Brewmaster have crossed state lines to share a traditional German beer recipe with both cities.

Ode’s Brewmaster Albert Salinas in El Paso and Jerry Grandle, Brewmaster at Spotted Dog Brewery in Mesilla, NM have traveled to each other’s brewery to create a batch of Weizenbock, a traditional German beer which is now available at both breweries.

Salinas and Grandle used the same recipe and same yeast to brew a traditional German beer called Weizenbock, a departure from both breweries’ usual repertoire. Weizenbock is wheat beer; 8% alcohol by volume, 23 IBU (International Bitterness Units).

It is noted for its bready, banana flavor that comes from the yeast.

In September 2014, Jerry and Susan Grandle opened Spotted Dog Brewery in Mesilla Valley, NM.  The brewery is named after Ryleigh, the family’s bluetick hound. Spotted Dog is proud to be Mesilla’s only microbrewery and their signature beers are milk stout, amber ale and cream ale.

Paying homage to everything El Paso, Ode Brewing Co, is locally owned and locally proud. Ode opened in September 2015 by Albert Salinas and Norbert Portillo as a hub for craft beer enthusiasts and foodies alike.  Ode’s signature beers include the Hueco Wit, Smelter Stout, La Gringa Blond Ale and Dr. Green Thumb Double IPA.

The teams spent one brew day at each location to get the recipe in order and have been maintaining the batches, which take three weeks to brew. The Weizenbock is currently available at both breweries.

“This partnership with Spotted Dog seemed like a no-brainer after Grandle had graciously come the rescue in one occasion when Ode’s pump broke,” said Salinas, Brewmaster at Ode. “We are excited to share the same recipe in both states and excited for this partnership.”

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