Informal #5 is a continuation of our one-off series, exploring new ingredients and working with what we have at hand. For this addition we fermented a strong Saison on the leftover grape must from Origins / Sangiovese, and then refermented in on New Jersey cranberry honey, and finally blended back with a cask of 3 year old barrel aged golden ale. The resulting beer has an aroma of fresh berries and funk, and the taste is of fresh berries and stone fruits, with a lingering mead-like finish. Bottles and draft, 8.5% abv. Released, July 2020.
Vieux Selection is the culmination of 3 years of careful beer preservation and maturation in oak barrels. We’ve been inspired to do much of what we do, but the tradition of Belgian Lambic. Our favorite being Geuze, the blend of 1, 2 and 3 year old barrel aged beers. While our process differs from traditional Lambic in significant ways, the inspiration still comes through in the bottle. This beer has complex layers of flavor that come from the careful selection of barrels to blend. The aroma is earthy, minerally and spicy, the taste is a balance of tart fruits, woody resinous sweetness, and pithy bitterness. While being one of the most complex beers we have ever made, it’s still easy to drink. Bottles and draft, 7.5% abv. Released June of 2020.
Sangiovese is the another in our series of wine grape focussed beers. This one may be our favorite yet. We did a carbonic maceration on the whole grapes before racking a blend of 2 year barrel aged golden ales on, initiating a careful secondary fermentation. The resulting beer is a lovely claret, with vinous aromas, and plenty of wine grape character melding gracefully with our old barrel stock. Bottles and draft, 6% abv. Released January of 2020.
Informal #4 is a continuation of our one-off series, exploring new ingredients and working with what we have at hand. For this addition, we made a blend of barrel aged golden ales, and refermented it with whole New Jersey Cranberries. The resulting beer is a pale pink, with an estery aroma, and both sweetness and bitterness from the fruit, resting on a nice, complex barrel character. Bottles and draft, 6% abv. Released in the fall of 2019
Informal #2 is a blend of young and old barrel aged golden ales, that was dry-hopped with East Kent Goldings. This is a great expression of our house barrel character, and the dry hopping accentuates that nicely. Draft only, 6%, released January 2019.
Informal is a new series of one-off beers, focussed on using our barrel stock in new ways. This version is a take on Saison de Coupage, the historical practice of blending old barrel aged beer into young saison to hasten it’s maturity. For this version we brewed a bitter 7% farmhouse ale, and blended it 80:20 with 2 year old barrel aged golden ale, we then conditioned it on second use Carménère wine grapes for a few months. Draft, 7%, released in January 2019. Bottles available now.
This is the second in our annual series of barrel aged beers fermented with wine grapes. This version is a blend of 5 barrels that refermented on whole Carménère wine grapes for around 3 months. The resulting beer has a beautiful purple color, a lovely barrel aroma, and drinks like a wonderful marriage of the grape and the selected beer. 6% ABV, 750ml bottles, released in November of 2018.
Dark Light is based on an old English porter recipe, playing off it’s historical relationship to the sour beers of Flanders in Belgium. This modern rendition boasts flavors of roasted malts, vanilla, cherry and oak, and it finishes refreshingly dry. 5%, 750ml, $15 each. Batch #1 was released in September 2018.
Pure Phase is a collaborative beer made with Crime & Punishment Brewing Co. We used one of our simple farmhouse ale grists, and brewed it over at C&P adding a massive dose of whirlpool hops, we then brought it over to Form, and fermented it with our house mixed culture. Toward the end of fermentation it was heavily dry-hopped with Barbe Rouge. The resulting beer is like a hazy, tart, farmhouse IPA. It tastes of spring grass, lychee, limes, melon, lemongrass, and passing on work to day drink. Draft: 5%, released in April 2018. 750ml bottles were released in June 2018.
Gestalt is a series of dry-hopped farmhouse ales. We start with a grist similar to Form to Table, but at a slightly stronger ABV, and towards the end of fermentation, add a large amount of a select hop – whatever we’re interested in at the time. The result is a very aromatic beer, that is light and easy to drink, with a refreshing tartness, and just enough bitterness to keep you wanting another glass. 5% ABV.
Many one-off versions of this have been made, mostly in small quantities. Here are some recent ones:
Gestalt #5 – Lemon Drop
Gestalt #6 – Denali
Gestalt #7 – Amarillo
Gestalt #8 – Falconer’s Flight, 2018
Gestalt #9 – Hallertau Blanc, 2019