Beer

Beers on Tap:

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.  

Cloud Animals  – Hazy IPA  –  7%                              

I look into the sky…there are all sorts of shapes, our imaginations take us to strange places. Each cloud slowly floats across the sky, and the more I sink into the cold grass and relax, the more I finally see them – a multitude of dry-hopped animals crowd the sky!

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. 

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!

Barichara   – Barrel-aged Apricot –  5.7%                             

Mountains have a way of preserving treasures. Deep in the Andes of Colombia, cobblestone streets turn into paths through fossilized remains, colonial architecture outshines Hollywood dreams, and smiles welcome an endless stream of strangers to its unmistakable beauty. Inspired by the magic that flows from the wells of el pueblo más bonito de Colombia, we crafted this little delight and placed it in wine barrels on a mixture of wild creatures that leave spicy barnyard notes to tickle the tongue, and once it decided to leave its cage, it sought out the fruits of apricots to combine into a humble work of art that resides in one beautiful afternoon in a place named Barichara. Salud amigos.

 

Can Conditioned Beers: 

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.

Amor Fati – Vinobeer  (2019) – 6.7% abv

Barrel aged ale w/Seyval Blanc white wine grapes

Love your fate… delight in the humor of the gods. As I opened the valve, fate seemed so cruel, everything became dark. Love your fate, traverse into unknown lands, even taboo fields. Venturing into the field of wine, digesting its literature, asking forbidden questions to demystify its foreign techniques and discover something called an “orange wine.” No, not a wine made from oranges, but a wine that is aged on white wine grape skins. Amor Fati after being aged for over a year in Italian wine barrels, it was then transferred onto white wine grapes, where it was then aged another two months, thus developing its golden orange color.  

Attraction  – Vinobeer (2019)- 7.5% abv

Barrel aged ale w/De Chaunac 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 Michigan. 

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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