Process: Golden ale brewed with malted barley and raw wheat. Spontaneously fermented and aged for 15 months in neutral french oak barrels. The beer was then moved onto frozen purple pershore plums from the 2020 harvest. The fruit was from Styan Family Produce in Worcestershire. We cold soaked the plums in tank for 7 days prior to adding beer for flavour and colour extraction. The beer remained on fruit for 2 months before returning to barrel for further maturation. Components from two other barrels were used in the final blend.
Conditioning: Packaged with a small amount of priming sugar for natural carbonation in the bottle. We do not add yeast at this point, or at any point in the process. Bottles laid to rest on side and conditioned until release.
We are a small blendery operation located at The Grainworks in Hertfordshire, UK. Our focus is on producing 100% spontaneously fermented beers aged in traditional vessels such as oak barrels. The aim is to source our ingredients as close to the Blendery as possible. We work with farmers and growers directly, and promote their amazing produce through our beers, our website and social media.
Our work is seasonal. We brew in the cold months and fruit in the warm. Each beer we make is of that year. It is of that season and it cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world. The way we make our beer and its eventual flavour characteristics blur the lines between beer and other fermented beverages.
Many of the techniques, methods and concepts behind wine/cider/perry are also found in our process. As a result we want to emphasise the ‘crossing over’ of beer into these other drinks which are often considered a distant and superior or inferior cousin.
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