Every beer includes the same 4 basic main ingredients, water, barely, hops, and yeast. A brewer uses water, hops, and barley to make a sweet solution called wort. Yeast are then added and they are the true makers of beer. They eat the sugars to produce alcohol and carbon dioxide along with a flavor and aroma compounds characteristic to each individual strain of yeast. Within a week or two out comes the finished product, a perfectly crafted beer.
For greater than 95% of the beers made in the world this is the end of the story. However, for a handful of beers this is only the first chapter. After the yeast have played there part a host of other organisms go to work to transform the beer into something completely different. These beers are wild and spontaneous. They take on flavors like cherry pie or lemon and develop a tangy sour finish that will forever set them apart in the world of beer. These master pieces are produced over months and years, not weeks. They use multiple strains of yeast and bacteria instead of the classic brewers yeast. They are brewed with unusual ingredients like flowers, fruit, and rare grains. Each beer takes on its own characteristics that will never again be repeated, something individual to themselves and untammable, they are wild.
These Wild beers take time and patience to produce, it is a style that can seem unapproachable at first but once tried will be forever remembered and sought after. It is my goal to brew these beers in small batches and to make them accessible to all beer drinkers. It will not be an easy undertaking, one of the reasons that this style of beer is not more readily available is that it takes months for the flavors to develop and just like in any other industry time is money.
That is where you can help me (Matthew) and my friends (Andrew and Noble) out. We have a passion for this beer style and want to introduce the style to people who would otherwise never try a sour beer. We need to be able to purchase the brewing equipment, ingredients, and barrels to make these beers. We will brew a host of different beers and age them in wine barrels. They will be brewed only once to ensure that each beer is viewed as the unique work that it is. This will not be any of our jobs, brewing is our hobby and passion, not our career. The fruits of this project will be released at tasting events for no cost. If everything goes as planned this will just be the beginning of a project that will continue to shape itself over the years into something with the same spirit as the beers themselves. If you are as curious as we are about these wild beers please help make them a possibility by donating to our project.
We will be updating the project at every major mile stone on the brewing blog http://microbebrewer.blogspot.com/
Thanks for your support!
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