Live Culture Grand Cru: Barrel Aged Farmhouse Ale


340ml bottle. 8.5% abv and 28 ibus.

Happy Holidays from our family to yours! To celebrate the festive season we’ve released a very special beer, Live Culture Grand Cru.

Grand Cru is a term brewers borrowed from winemakers, meaning “great growth”. It typically represents a special blend or release of the highest quality and for brewers is associated with Christmas beers. In the states there is a tradition of making special, higher strength beers during Christmas time. These cheery, tasty beers are a gift to customers to share with family and friends.

Last year we floor malted a batch of barley in one of our old giant wine tanks, then dried it in the sun and over a fire for a very special beer. This special version of Live Culture features 100% Soul Barrel malt, made from Caledon barley that we floor malted ourselves in our old wine tanks. The beer was fermented in a large French oak barrel, with the native Live Culture yeast blend that live in the wood. A long aging period followed, during which the wild yeast slowly continued to work, contributing the dry, funky, peppery, light fruit notes the Live Culture is known for. After aging it was blended with fresh citrus fynbos and hops. This version remind us of aged, dry champagne. The beer is thoroughly imprinted with our environment. The process of growing the grain, in the brewery, fermenting the beer with our native wild yeast, and aging it with our homegrown fynbos gives a unique sense of place.

Additional information
Weight .64 kg
Dimensions 6.5 × 6.5 × 21 cm