(Fort Collins, CO) – Received this update in my inbox from The Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project. Enjoy.
This week, we’ll be releasing two new beers from the Wild Wild Brett Series of beers which is based off the ROY-G-BIV color wheel.
With Red and Orange released this past fall, it’s time for more beers in the Wild Wild Brett Series from Crooked Stave. Yellow and Green will be making their way across the Colorado front range starting next week. Keeping up with the series, Wild Wild Brett Yellow is a full fledged experiment which took inspiration from the savory sweet culinary traditions of southern India. Yellow has a pronounced tropical fruit base character with a small amount of spice caring forward an aroma that is both subtle and inviting. Yellow was brewed with honey, turmeric, mango and coriander before receiving a very light spicing during months of conditioning in our oak foeder.
Wild Wild Brett Green is our nod to absurdly hopped beers… Showcasing the Australian Galaxy hop, WWBG uses 4lbs of hops per barrel with dank, dark berry tropical fruit hop characteristics dominating the flavor and aroma. The Crooked Stave twist.. WWBG was fermented and conditioned in neutral oak which actually made it easier for us to dry hop the beer multiple times over the aging period. The result, an unfiltered “wild ale” with little wild character. The hops are so dominate like in an Imperial IPA that for now it’s hard to get any Brett character. Over time the hops will fade and our house Brett character will rouse the senses.
The third label which we just finished up on and sent off for printing is Blackberry Petite Sour. This will likely be the first release from our just announced Cellar Reserve Membership program. Blackberry Petite Sour has been aging in our barrel cellar for sometime and is just about ready for bottling. The base of this beer is our Petite Sour, we racked off a small portion early on and added a heavy dose of blackberries to it before aging for 9 months in red wine oak barrels. When last tasting the barrels, the pungency and aroma of the blackberry was still strong with a great acidity adding to the unique house Brett character our beers end up with. We are very excited with the way fruit adds character to the Petite Sour base beers and plan to pull a little from each batch to add various fruits and zests while continuing to periodically release new renditions every couple of months.