Beer

Beers on Tap:

Salento – Helles – 4.7% abv

Time is fleeting – “Go go go!” – the unexplored world awaits you amigo. Onward to Colombia, once your feet hit the ground hitch a jimmy to Salento. You’ll see it all: nevados erupting, colonial streets filled with aromas of coffee and visions of Bolivar, palm trees caressing the clouds. Breathe. Remember to take it easy and take it all in as you become lost in los bosques de neblina, life will reawaken your childlike wonderment… if you allow it. This beer was designed for this adventure, easy going but with immense unexplored delights, a note of malt accompanied by restrained hoppiness.

[Explosion Booming] – Barrel Aged Mango/Passion fruit – 5.9 abv%          

…so read the [closed captions] on the screen. A disconnect of senses. Our eyes flashed. Our ears heard nothing. Was it loud? Everything in that moment became uncanny – familiar but different. Passion fruit and mango explode on the tongue, while the once familiar booming sensation becomes altered. Altered? The boom is altered by the transformative force of mixed fermentation. If you think you know these fruits, think again… mixed fermentation always alters the mind!

Absorbed by Light – IPA – 6.8% abv

 Joy. Sadness. No matter. Everything will unfold in front of your mosaic eyes. Grab a hold, it goes too fast – yet it seems so far the sun to the Earth. One day the ground becomes warm, and off we follow the light towards the sky, we are the children of the ever-glowing sun. Stardust transforms us into sublime citra flowers of concentrated sunlight. Have you not ever tasted the sun? Although you may never dance high in the galactic sky, when we meet, you will become absorbed by light!

Laughter  – Octoberfest/Festbier – 5.8% abv

 Did you hear the one about… I couldn’t hear anymore of the joke, but the party irrupted into laughter. With that little joke it turned into a festival and everyone was smiling – “Forget about your worries, and enjoy the Fest,” they said. A touch more malty than a pilsner, a beer intended for when the nights become longer, one to keep the festival going!

I Am Dynamite  – IPA  –  6.3%                                      

“I am not man, I am dynamite,” proclaimed Nietzche. This is not an IPA, it is a sensory exploration of hops.

Von Catenstein  Schwarzbier/Black Lager  – 5.4%

Centuries ago, in a German monastery, lived a group of sad monks. One day, they met a cool cat named Von Catenstein. Heroically, he set out to rid the monastery of the rats, and the monks became happy. To honor him, the monks brewed a lager, it was black like him, yet crisp and crushable to not weigh him down.

Chocombia  – Stout aged on cacao nibs and coffee  – 7.1%

In Colombia, according to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, priests “levitate by means of chocolate.” In Wawaka, one has yet to see such spectacles, but on the farm, a levitation of the senses transpires within the decadent immensity of dark and caramel malts aged on two of Colombia’s finest exports, cacao nibs de Santander and lightly roasted coffee from the lush volcanic region of Tolima.  

Mochila – Italian Pilsner – 5.3% abv

She said grab your “mochila” in her Spanish accent. I tossed in my Eurorail pass, some clothes, and a copy of Rick Steve’s European guidebook, and off we went! Sometimes, that’s all you need, a backpack with your lover (or as she called it, “una mochila”), filled with European dreams, crisscrossing through borders, and crowded into hostel rooms with new found amigos. Ah to be young and backpacking! Until then, I’ll be sipping on “Mochila,” exploring it’s various malts from Germany and Italy, while taking in its flowery dry-hop delights from German and Slovenian hops. 

 

 

Can Conditioned Beers: 

Attraction  – Vinobeer (2020)- 8.2% abv

Barrel aged ale with Marquette red wine grapes  

Do I dare? Our eyes meet for an instantaneous moment… was it anything more? My heart pounds louder. I’m intoxicated on this aroma, my cheeks are blushed and my lips are dark red. Stop resisting, let go for god’s sake, give in to your attraction! Attraction is a combination of two irresistible forces: mixed fermented ales aged for over a year in Sangiovese wine barrels from Italy and red wine grapes from Clearspring vineyard in Indiana. 

[Explosion Booming] – Barrel Aged Mango/Passion fruit – 5.9 abv%          

…so read the [closed captions] on the screen. A disconnect of senses. Our eyes flashed. Our ears heard nothing. Was it loud? Everything in that moment became uncanny – familiar but different. Passion fruit and mango explode on the tongue, while the once familiar booming sensation becomes altered. Altered? The boom is altered by the transformative force of mixed fermentation. If you think you know these fruits, think again… mixed fermentation always alters the mind!

Socrates – Barrel Aged Doppelbock – 7.3 abv%

Was he a cat or a philosopher…or is it a beer. Names take on so many different meanings, they inevitably lose all meaning. While on trial for corrupting the youth, Socrates declared, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” This doppelbock is intended to be analyzed, and force you to examine your own life. As you encounter the flavors of Tuscany from the red wine barrel where it was once held, our past vibrantly appears, it is immediate, but just as I can almost touch it, the present notes from the wine barrel and German malts transport me to the spectacular now. Keep examining your life!

Otoño Salvaje  – Barrel Aged Farmhouse Ale (Dry hopped with Citra)  6%

The innocent laughter of children begins filling school auditoriums; ghosts and ghouls creep from their summer slumber; mothers carefully dust off handed-down holiday cookbooks; and the trees not to be out-shined, radiate the American landscape with an explosion of colors. While here on the farm, it’s going to be an “otono salvaje”, a wild autumn, dry-hopped with Citra to crash the Halloween punch bowl of barrel aged complexity to celebrate the harvest of hops.

Modern Physics – Vinobeer (2019) – 8% abv

Blend of barrel aged stout and ale w/De Chaunac red wine grapes

One night as Galileo Galilei starred into the heavens, the most profound thought occurred to him while sampling the latest vintage of wine from the local vineyards of Tuscany, “Wine is sunlight, held together by water.” In our vinobeers though, which contain not only grapes, but barley, requires a more powerful force than water to hold together the cosmic rays of sunlight, yes, the force of beer! Modern Physics is a complex beast designed for aging to fully expose every last particle of sunshine, it combines our barrel aged red wine grape ale of Attraction with a Italian Sangiovese wine barrel aged stout.

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