I'm confident you won't find many other beers like it. This brew is a nod to old tyme beverages - the kind of styles being re-invigorated by Belgians and Italians and foresighted Americans. The emphasis is on a unique line up of herbs and spices. If you must conform to styles think Belgian Pale ... with herbs. We're thinking springtime in the sprawling French countryside - or Kensington - whichever you prefer.
We start with a base of excellent lightly toasted malts on a foundation of Canadian 2 row (pils) from our silo: Weyermann (German) CaraHell, Acidulated malt, Wheat, whole flaked Oats, French aromatic, and a touch of French CaraMunich for a nice golden color.
Hops are light - just enough for balance and some Willamette late in the boil for a subtle earthiness.
Now the good stuff... Cardamom, Ginger, Lemongrass, Rose hips, Rhubarb root.
- Cardamom is a sweetly aromatic relative of ginger and one of the world's most expensive spices. It is also known to prevent flatulence.
- Ginger root can be found fresh in most grocery stores and was once very popular in brewing. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, ginger is said to "rescue devastated yang," a condition in which invading cold or infection has reached the interior of the body.
- Lemongrass is common in Thai and Indonesian cooking and has a fragrant lemony-rose aroma. The herb aids digestion and has been promoted as a stimulant tonic.
- Rose hips are actually the fruit of wild roses and have a citrusy tart character. They are one of the most concentrated sources of vitamin C and natural antioxidants and are known to fend off the common cold.
- Rhubarb root is both tart, sweet, and completely unique in flavor. The root has been used for over 2000 years in Chinese medicine as a digestive and sometimes a purgative.
If all these herbs and spices seem like witchcraft to you I urge you to keep an open mind and seek out this beer. (It will be released draft-only in the city in 1-2 weeks) We've carefully chosen the flavor components that have gone into this brew and they work well together - really well. The result is a very floral, aromatic, and subtly tart beer. The toasty malt sweetness compliments the citrusy nose the earthy flavor nicely. Yet the herbs don't overwhelm the senses - just what we needed for early summer!