SOURDOUGH - 3.6%
The Wild Beer Co., Evercreech, Somerset
A Wild Beer & Hobbs House Bakery collaboration. Beer and Bread have been showing off the magic of yeast for thousands of years, so the guys decided to combine the two. The old and the new, contemporary ideas and historical techniques and ingredients, a very special beer that combines all these things and more.
6 months before the brewery even opened, they started talking to Tom Herbert about the Hobbs House Bakery's 58 year old Sourdough yeast, and whether it could be used to ferment a beer. Tom was excited, and so were they!
After a year of trials (each trial took a really long time to develop) they decided to loosely base the beer on a Berliner Weisse style - a historical Sour beer style from Northern Germany, but with a Wild Beer slant to it. they have used the 58 year old sourdough culture and a little brettanomyces and put the beer straight into oak barrels for its primary fermentation.
It has been slowly fermenting, maturing and souring for 4 months in the barrels and will continue to evolve and develop in the bottle. There is a lovely gentle rounded fruity sourness to this beer. It isn't harsh, and its low alcohol makes it the perfect brunch beer to enjoy with smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on some Hobbs House Bakery Sourdough. Serve chilled.