Tria Prima Pale Ale Decoded

The Three Primes of Alchemy

The original chemistry professors of the old world were the alchemists.  They tinkered, mixed compounds, created new recipes, and were philosophers on top of that.  Their goal was the transformation of all things. They pursued turning base metals to gold, and finding the elusive “elixir of life” to live longer and be closer to God.  Alchemists believed that Sulfur and Mercury were the main components that made up all metals, and if they used different concentrations of each, they could transform lead, for example, into gold.  Salt was the third substance of the Tria Prima triangle that would cause the crystallization of the new elements.

Sulfur – The fluid connecting the High and the Low.  Sulfur was used to denote the expansive force, evaporation, and dissolution.

Mercury – The omnipresent spirit of life. Mercury was believed to transcend the liquid and solid states. The belief carried over into other areas, as mercury was thought to transcend life/death and heaven/earth.

Salt – Base matter. Salt represented the contractive force, condensation, and crystallization.

12 Gates Brewing Company’s Pale Ale has been transformed into Tria Prima Pale Ale.  The Three Primes being Malt, Hops, and Yeast to create a new substance. The Pale and Crystal Malts, and the Columbus and Summit hops are in perfect balance to create a citrusy ale with a touch of black pepper.

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