For the Love of Guava is a unique collaboration we did with our friend and computer guru, David Kasprzyk. He and his wife Katie have a humongous guava tree in their backyard, and each year can barely keep up with how much fruit it produces. This year we decided to partner up and put those guavas to good use in one of our beers. Big tropical fruit in the aroma with that unmistakable guava character. Fruit dominates the beer with hints of house funk and acidity shining through.
Funk Yeah is our gueuze inspired beer that is blended once each year using carefully selected barrels ranging from 1 to 3+ years old. We hold nothing back to make this blend each year using beer made with house culture, spontaneous beer and wort that was in the coolship and then pitched into to find the perfect blend of acidity and character. Funk Yeah 2019 is the second blend. Over an entire week around 100 barrels and several puncheons were tasted through and narrowed down to less than 10. The final beer is a blend of barrels ranging from 15 to 43 months old and 27 months average age and showcases the best of our barrels. These choice barrels and decisive blending created a beer that has amazing depth,complexity and drinkability. The aroma is deep with funky earthy tones and a slight salinity. On the first sip soft acidity carries the aroma forward with earthy aged hops, slight stone fruit character along with a sense of nuance and age. It finishes dry with a pleasant but slight lingering acidity and a touch of oak.
Funk Yeah Boysenberry 2020 is a carefully selected blend of one,two and three-year-old barrels re-feremented on boysenberries. We selected barrels that would stand up to the intense,jammy character of boysenberries and fruited at a slightly lower rate to maintain a balance. Appearance: Deep violet red. Aroma: Subtle funk, boysenberry. Taste : Jammy boysenberry, balanced acidity, funk and aged hops and an oaky vinous finish.
A special collaboration blend between Beachwood Blendery and South Park Brewing. This 2019 blend is the second Herman and the Peach we have done with Scot and his team. Peach will always be a component of this beer but this year we changed up the blend quite a bit and think we made something pretty special. The blend contains four barrels that received fruit after one year and were left to sit on the fruit for an additional year; two Peach barrels, one rye base peach barrel and one nectarine barrel. Those four barrels were blended with one barrel of 1 year beer and one barrel of 3 year beer. The blend of peach and nectarine brings a complex, rich, and funky stone fruit character to the nose but with a sense of age and depth. The first sip rolls over the tongue with a wave of mouthwatering stone fruit, earthy funk and finishes dry with hints of oak.
Belgian-Style Sour Ale Aged in gin barrels. One year lambic-inspired beer was put to rest in French oak wine barrels that previously held late harvest Semillon wine followed by Blinking Owl gin for a duration. We received these amazing barrels and selected two lambic-inspired barrels that contained beer with balanced profiles of funk, acidity and fruitiness to ensure that the gin and barrel character could be well integrated. We aged our beer in these barrels for around six months before extracting character we wanted out of them before bottling. We’ve never seen a beer change so much during conditioning and go through so many phases over nearly a year but surely has been worth it and created a unique beer full of flavor and texture. The nose is candied lemon peel, lavender, rosemary and undertones of golden raisins and funk. Upfront on the palate is the botanical gin notes and lemon zest that leads into the mid palate of white wine, sweet apples and pear. The beer finishes with classic lambic-inspired funk, dried apricot, oak tannins, light acidity that fades into a clean finish and a touch of warmth.
Beachwood Blendery & Highland Park Brewing Collaboration. Something both the Blendery and Highland Park have in common, we love to experiment and use new untraditional ingredients. When bay leaves were thrown out as an idea we were skeptical at first, but after some small trials we were sold. We took the same base blend as the black lime version, and added locally foraged bay leaves from Highland Park. The aroma is very distinctly bay leaf, and compliments our house funk in a surprisingly pleasant way. The flavor is more balanced, and ends with a clean tart acidity.
Beachwood Blendery is a small batch beer producer established in 2014 by the same creative minds behind the award winning Beachwood Brewing. Beachwood Blendery has embarked on an undoubtedly geeky quest to recreate the Lambic style beers of Belgium. Our beers are produced using ingredients, equipment, and brewing methods that are both steeped in tradition and admittedly modern.
The more traditional methods involve the use of un-malted wheat, aged hops, a koelschip placed in the rafters, spontaneous fermentation, neutral French Oak wine barrels and puncheons.
The modern approach uses non-traditional ingredients, including unconventional grains and tropical fruit, and involves keeping a mixed house culture constantly propagating and developing in our incubators.
All of this occurs in our custom-designed barrel room, built to mimic the daily temperature and humidity fluctuations of a Lambic brewery in Belgium.
The first beers produced by Beachwood Blendery, aptly named 'The Propagation Series', were variations of Brett Saison and Berliner Weisse brewed and blended to test how the different yeast and bacteria performed in the Beachwood Blendery environment. The results of this experiment have been factored into what have become Beachwood Blendery's signature Lambic-inspired beers. These core brands all involve beer that has been fermented and aged in oak barrels for 9 months to 3 years with a wide variety of microoganisms, that shape the tart, funky, and complex flavors we've come to desire. Yes, these beers take an exceptionally long time to develop, but we think that it's well worth the wait.
The Beachwood Blendery Team
Harrison McCabe joined the team in 2014 and helped build the Blendery program and profile alongside Ryan till he took over the reins in 2018. He is now responsible for the hundreds of barrels and leading the quest to uncover the mysteries of Lambic-style beers. Harrison remains a student of all things sour beer and through chaos, patience and bending space time he is ensuring the future of funk at the Blendery.
Beachwood Blendery labels are developed in collaboration with one of our longtime favorite artists, Thomas Campbell. Thomas, an acclaimed international artist and filmmaker, splits his time creating at his studio in Northern California and traveling the globe partaking in exhibitions and filmmaking. His artwork will be featured prominently throughout our core line up of Lambic-Inspired Ales.