10 Feb Wild Ravens Old Red Ale
A beer of mixed fermentation inspired by the Flemish-style Red Ale. Produced using various fermentation and maturation techniques including kettle souring, abbreviated fermentation, maturation in old wine barrels with bacteria and wild yeast and blending of young and old ale.
Complex aroma of caramelised malts, toasted oak, prune, plum, pie cherry, balsamic vinegar and barnyard funk. Oak spice, vanilla and toasted malt flavours are balanced by a juicy acidity and subtle oak tannin which add length to the dry finish. This nod to the “Burgundies of Belgium” is a complex and evolving ale which will continue to acidify over time.
4.0 standard drinks (tulip glass)
The Wild Ravens series is an homage to traditional wild ales, with stylistic influences and processes borrowed from both old and new world. A variety of fermentation and maturation techniques are employed to create complex beers primarily featuring funk and acidity, with bottle re-fermentation offering exciting cellaring potential and flavour evolution.
Champagne-style 750ml bottles feature artwork recalling the “3 Ravens” legend as documented by our co-founder and original brewer Ben Pattison. As the story goes, Odin sent his two loyal ravens on a mission to identify the secret to human happiness, so he could create a potion to alleviate him of his duties – and allow him to take an extended vacation. Loki got wind of this and sent his prankster raven Jack along to spy on and troll them. Long story short Loki ended up joining Odin’s gang, introducing the elements of creativity and imagination (Hugin & Munin are known for boring practical things like Sight and Memory/Knowledge) – akin to a third eye – reflecting our own story as an Engineering company venturing into the brewing world.