The beer style (this year) will be a Festbier, which is a straw/copper lager of about 6% ABV. We’re going to load it up with hundreds of pounds of fresh, Sonoma County grown hops (courtesy of our friends at Crane Ranch in Santa Rosa), which are going to give the beer a nice fresh zing of hop flavor and aroma. We froze the freshly picked hops with liquid nitrogen and then shattered the hop cones, giving us better access to the lupulin glands and essential oils inside. What does this mean for the beer? Less vegetal notes and more pure hop expression in the beer!
The barley selected for this beer is a variety called Genie, which was selected for its unique ability to grow in the Petaluma microclimate. Grizzly Maltings in Rohnert Park will be malting this barley to a profile which closely resembles Pilsner or European pale malt - light color and ultra clean.
We will also be fermenting a large proportion of the beer in Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc barrels. The duration of aging will be very short for our Festbier, but we should be able to pick up some subtle notes of tropical fruit and minerality from the American oak barrels.
All of the ingredients in this beer are 100% Sonoma County sourced, all within a 12 mile radius of one another! A beer like this is historic, the likes of which has never been seen!
- Style: Festbier
- ABV: 6.0%
- IBU: 35
- SRM: 5.0
|Malts:||100% Sonoma County grown and malted Pilsner malt|
|Hops:||100% Sonoma County grown Triumph, Cashmere, Chinook and Comet|
|Suggestions:||Pretzels, sausages, or a fresh Sonoma County grown ingredient salad!|
Behind The Name
We brewed this Festbier in collaboration with Crane Ranch and Grizzly Maltings. The demand for locally grown brewing ingredients is steadily rising, and we are thrilled to be able to bring this concept to life. Our goal is to create excitement and buzz amongst local beer consumers and brewers alike so that we start seeing multiple 100% Sonoma County grown ingredient beers emerge! Local and fresh ingredients are the best ingredients!