Introducing Elements #1 (Barrel-Aged Dry-Hopped Sour Blend, 5.5%)
It seems timely that just as we’re beginning our renovations to expand our barrel program we are also releasing one of the most ambitious and exciting barrel-aged beer series we've ever done. Over the past 3 years, we’ve grown more curious and passionate about the ways we create our barrel-aged beers. With past beers such as Quad Goals and Hibernator we’ve been able to experiment and remain playful while blending different beers until we reach a perfect harmony of flavours and textures. Blending has always been our favourite part of the process and it’s no secret that every member of our brewery team has completely unique, and at times opposing, views of what makes a great beer. So our blending sessions often turn into a few weeks of lively discussions between our brewers and countless blind tasting sessions. After a long time of planning and deciding on what flavours we wanted in the final product, we decided on creating a whole series of beer dedicated to blending barrel aged beers - Elements.
For its initial run, we’ll be releasing four very distinct beers over the next month, with a new beer becoming available every Thursday. For this week’s release, Elements #1, our goal was to make a Brett- forward sour beer with a strong backbone of oak, fruity flavours, and a slight acidity to balance things out. The process started out about 8 months ago when we first barrel-aged two very distinct sour ales. The first barrel had notes of lychee with some tartness. The second barrel had a nose of blue cheese “funkiness” and a complex red wine vinegar-like acidity. The blending of these two beers highlights the complex character from the oak barrels, which round out the slight sweetness and adds some warmth to the beer. Elements #1 is an impressively complex and “chewy” beer with aromas akin to blue cheese, lychee, red wine vinegar, and toasted hazelnuts. From the very first sip this beer drinks like a burst of powerful and layered flavours that work surprisingly well together. In addition, the beer maintains a texture and mouth feel similar to champagne, a result of the bottle conditioning.
Elements #1 will be available on Thursday, January 24th at 5 PM in our bottle shop, with some bottles also available for purchase from the convenience of your table in our brewpub.