Que Chimba – Barrel aged guava – 6% abv
I arrived late to the party. “Que chimba,” he said as I walked through the door. What did it mean? I started to think about it as bodies passed me by and jokes floated over my head. Que chimba, que chimba, que chimba. Before I knew it, the party had ended and I missed it. As I sat down outside, a woman approached and handed me a beer. Soon enough, I forgot what I was thinking. I began to explore this complex creation. How the guava interacts with the funky characteristics of the microorganisms and the wine barrel. She smiled, and asked, “what do you think of it?” I replied, “that’s great!”
Nighttime in the Woods – Dark Farmhouse Stout aged on vanilla beans and cacao
Funky things happen in the woods once the sun goes down. Everything becomes dark, but of course our wild senses adjust, and the howling ruckus ignites… Nighttime in the Woods is a mixed fermented stout that was aged for over 18 months in red wine barrels and later transferred onto vanilla beans and cacao.
Funk Creature: Galaxy – Dry-hopped Barrel Aged – 6% abv
Why tempt the gods and play with thunder and lightning? To make electricity of course! The same could be asked about mixed fermentation. Why ferment with so many different creatures and such uncertainty for months or years, when anything could go wrong? To electrify the senses of course! Funk Creature is a complex golden ale fermented for an extended period in oak red wine barrels by various microorganisms and then dry-hopped with Galaxy hops. It can be drank fresh or aged over an extended period of time to watch it transform.
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.