LIVE CULTURE: CAPE WILD ALE
An old world Farmhouse ale, fermented in french oak with our house mixed yeast culture, then aged with Franschhoek grapes, hops and citrus herbs from our garden. Vinous tart notes of black cherry and citrus.
Live Culture is a farmhouse ale that expresses a sense of time and place. It represents seasonal brewing conditions and local ingredients, our terroir. This ale is fermented directly in an oak barrel with a wild yeast culture that lives in our brewery. This yeast culture evolves to display distinct characteristics depending on the season. This represents an old world and largely forgotten perspective on brewing, one that reflects seasonality and yeast expressions. The brewer allows the ingredients and fermentation to develop organically instead of maintaining absolute control. After a secondary fermentation in the barrel with whole bunch Franschhoek Pinotage grapes, it is blended with fresh citrus and sage fynbos and a huge dose of hops. Each batch is unique, but you will typically find citrus and lemon, herbal spiced pear, pineapple and a tart dry finish from the wild fermentation.
|MALT||Pilsner, Unmalted Wheat, Oats|
|HOPS||varies but usually includes Bravo, Southern Aroma|
|YEAST||Native Cape Mixed Culture|
|WATER||Simonsberg Mountain Water|