Formation is the culmination of years of effort in the brewing and blending of barrel aged beers. Produced with a mother culture that has been with us in various forms for around ten years now, this tart, vinious, characterful beer is the effort that brought Form into existence. This beer is made using a Solera method similar to what is used in making Sherry, but with an intent to make something closer to what you might find around the Senne river in Belgium. This beer is the youngest of our blends being blended from four barrels of around 1 year old. The result is a beer with a striking aroma of minerals and must, and a deep full flavor that is fruity, quenching, and expressive. This is one to aged for years and share with friends and family. 5%, 750ml, $17 each. Batch #1 was released in April 2018. Photo: Mike V. Sardina
Super! was brewed with an eye to what Belgian tripel may have been, but we just call it a rustic golden ale, or a super saison when pressed for a style to name. What it is is a simple grist of 3 pale malts with a small amount of evaporated cane sugar. It’s medium bodied, fruity and dry, with an ester profile similar to a classic tripel. 8.5%, 750ml, $16 each. Batch #1 was released in April 2018.
SLO-MO is our first blend of beers from our Solera, aged on cherry and blackberry purée. We selected four barrels of mild, young beer of 6-8 months old, hoping to derive most of the character from the fruit. After multiple fruit additions and maceration, we finally committed it to the bottle. This one tastes of bright, lush cherries, and raspberries, with just a touch of blackberry jam, finishing light and refreshing. 6%, 750ml, $19 each. Batch #1 was released 01/26/18.
Bitter is our vermouth inspired beer, developed with Mike Landers, cocktail guru from Martha. It’s an amber-ish farmhouse ale, with Trebbiano juice, aged on Barberra must and seasoned with a bevy of botanicals. It drinks like a perfect Manhattan, but far more drinkable, with an easy balance and zippy acidity. 8.66%, 750ml, $19 each. Batch #1 was released 02/12/18.
Origins / Barberra is the first in a series of barrel aged golden ales, refermented on single grape varietals. This inaugural version was made with rich, full, Barberra wine grapes. The resulting beer is like a beer/natural wine hybrid, bringing jammy fruit, and a soft acidity, to a dry tannic base beer. 5%, 750ml, $19 each. Batch #1 was released 01/23/18.
Smile is our honey rye farmhouse ale, featuring Rye and Pils malts from Double Eagle Malt and local wildflower honey. It tastes of mead, lime zest, and spicy garden herbs. 5%, 750ml, $15 each. Batch #1 was released 12/28/17.
Merry Merry is a dark strong ale, aged for a few months in bourbon and white wine barrels, then blended and bottle conditioned. It tastes of bright plum, bakers cocoa, vanilla, brown sugar, strawberry candy, and finishes dry with a moderate sourness. 9.3%, 750ml, $18 each. Batch #1 was released 12/02/17.
Fooz is a wheat beer, aged in stainless with oak staves for 3 months before adding massive amounts of peaches from 3 Springs Fruit Farms, and allowing another few months for it to ferment to dryness. It’s a delicate, aromatic expression of peachy goodness, with a nice light acidity. 5% abv, $16, 750ml. Batch #1 was release 11/11/17.
Form Extra is now available at the brewery. Extra is inspired by some of our favorite bitter French and Belgian Farmhouse ales. A high proportion of Vienna malt in the base, and a long boil produces a deep golden color. On this we’ve layered a melange of noble hops, with around 40% being aged several years. These aged hops impart a different kind of bitterness and flavor to their fresh counterparts, creating deep, woodsy, herbaceous tones. With the light acidity from our mixed culture, inflections of lemon, lime and grapefruit peel are also present. With an ABV of 7%, and a firm bitterness this beer will age very gracefully over time, as the hops mellow off, and a deep viniousness comes to the fore. We hope to be sharing them for years to come. 750ml, 7% alcohol by volume. Batch #1 was released 10/20/17.
Our newest release is available at the brewery now. Soft starts off like a traditional Belgian Wit, and is fermented with our house yeast and bacteria culture. We then add loads of Valencia orange juice and zest, and a bit of coriander and chamomile. At 4% it’s an adult soft drink, sort of like a radler, sort of like a beer mimosa. Built for summer brunches, and poolside lingering. 4% alcohol by volume. $14, 750ml. Batch #1 was released 07/29/17.