Hand drawn Punjabi Pale Ale naturally carbonated and hand drawn off a beer engine.  First brewed in 1994.  Literally “drawn by hand.”  This technique allows the ale to flow through more smoothly.

Malts: Pale, Crystal 77, Carastan

Hops: Columbus, Centennial, Cascade

Yeast: English Ale

O.G. 15.2 Plato  F.G. 2.2 Plato

Hand drawn represents the synthesis of several classic brewing styles, techniques, and dispensing systems.  Our hand drawn Punjabi Pale Ale, a version of a style of beer introduced by England in the 19th century for export to and consumption in India.  The delivery is through a beer engine, a manually operated device for pumping beer invented in 1797 by a hydraulic engineer and locksmith named Joseph Bramah.  The engine consists of a wooden handle, a swan neck, and a sparkler.  The handle is pumped, thereby “drawing” the beer from down below in the aging cellar.  This process is not unlike drawing water from a well on vintage farms.  The swan neck – the curved spout – allows the beer to travel upwards then down into the glass.  Optionally attached the end of the nozzle is a sparkler, a device similar in design to a shower head.  When dispensed through a sparkler (A.K.A. sparklet) the beer becomes aerated and frothy, lending itself to a creamy head.  One important distinction…this is our Punjabi, but not “cask conditioned.”

A necessary learning curve accompanied the beer engine at CooperSmith’s, both for guests and bartenders alike, heretofore familiar with traditional, CO2 driven tap systems.  What the engine lacked in speed and efficiency was more than compensated for in the complex, balanced IPA steeped both in hops and tradition.   check out the t-shirt