It's a lambic-inspired ale in a can!
'Come in Grape, Your Time is Up' is a seasonal series based around the grape harvest. In fall we collaborate with various wineries to create beers that blur the lines between wine and beer. In this version we partnered up with Castoro Cellars from Paso Robles, CA and used late harvest Muscat grapes. We first created a blend of one year old lambic-inspired base beer, then let that beer sit on whole grapes for 8 weeks to go through a secondary fermentation. This golden beer has sweet perfumy and floral aromas reminiscent of a desert wine. The flavor is tart and crisp with some tannic and oak qualities, finishing fairly dry with a lingering fruitiness.
Inspired by the unique flavors of Mexican candy, Dia de Los Mangos is a blend of one year old barrels aged on mango and tamarind for 8 weeks and infused with Ancho, Aleppo, Aji Amarillo, Guajillo, and Habanero Chili. Aromatics of chili dominate while mango and funk ethereally float through your olfactory. Tropical fruit flavors follow backed by a solid lactic acidity, finishing spicy while staying pleasantly drinkable. A unique beer to say the least.
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 with a slight lingering acidity and a touch of oak.
Wild foraged Vermont apples went straight from trees into the press and then were allowed to naturally ferment using native yeast in early November 2016 as part of Shacksbury Ciders Lost Apple Project. The culture from that was sent to us after fermentation had been completed and used to to inoculate our wort in September 2017. After 16 months in barrels the beer was packaged January 2019 and left to bottle condition and age for 8 months.
Wild foraged Vermont apples went straight from trees into the press and then were allowed to naturally ferment using native yeast in early November 2016 as part of Shacksbury Ciders Lost Apple Project. The culture from that was sent to us after fermentation had been completed and used to to inoculate our wort in September 2017. After 16 months in barrels a portion of the blend was put on second use zinfandel grapes to extract a bit of color and flavor. The blend was packaged January 2019 and left to bottle condition and age for 8 months.
The pineapple guava has strong flavors of tropical banana reminiscent of runts candy. This lightly tart fruity beer is an easy drinking beer; enjoy it. The flavor of the pineapple guavas remained in the barrels even after a good clean; these barrels stood out immediately as being different and awesome tasting. We decided to package off the pair of barrels and share.
Pyrus Rustique is a beautiful beer that uses a different recipe and mash profile than our typical lambic inspired beers. It contains malted barely, malted wheat, un-malted wheat and oats and is mashed slightly lower in temperature and uses a bit less aged hops. It also is fermented with a blend of both our culture and Homage’s culture which gives this beer a unique profile. This beer aged in barrels for 16 months before 165lbs of D’Anjou and Bartlett pears were added to each barrel and re-fermented for two months. Marigold flowers were steeped and added at packaging. The nose is bright pear with a slight hay note and funky earthy undertones. The flavor of sweet pears washes over the palate with a unique salivating crisp acidity. The finish is balanced with mild acidity and just enough body to carry through the sweetness of the pears followed by slight funk and floral notes from the marigold.
Strawberry Provence has quickly become a Blendery favorite! A blend of one year old lambic-inspired base beer, aged on three pounds per gallon of whole frozen strawberries for two months, and a touch of Herbes de Provence added right before packaging. With big jammy strawberry aromas, there's no mistaking what fruit we used in this beer. Sweet, tart, and funky, with slight notes of fresh herbs on the finish that compliments that juicy strawberry character.
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
Ryan Fields is an exceptionally talented and creative brewer whose working knowledge of brewing comes from his time spent with some of California’s most acclaimed breweries. Ryan’s introduction to brewing began at Lost Abbey in San Diego, where he was able to work with one of the nation’s most prolific barrel programs. Under the tutelage of Tomme Arthur and crew, Ryan went on to develop a great understanding of funky, sour beers. After four years with Port Brewing / Lost Abbey, Ryan took the position of Head Brewer for Pizza Port San Clemente. It was here that Ryan started to not only perfect his craft of brewing, but also experiment with his own small barrel program. In 2014 Ryan joined the Beachwood Blendery project to become the Head Brewer and Blender, and the match couldn’t be any more perfect. Alongside his practical experience, Ryan brings with him a degree in physics, an intimate understanding of yeast and bacteria and his mighty banjo.
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.