Kriek

An appalachian lambic-style spontaneously fermented ale conditioned on local sweet cherries courtesy of our friends at Ayers Orchard of Cana, Virginia.

a 6.2% Appalachian lambic-style spontaneously fermented ale conditioned on local sweet cherries courtesy of our friends at Ayers Orchard of Cana, Virginia.   

Mashed in the turbid method with local pilsner malt and local/heritage raw wheat until the milk runneth clear. Boiled extensively for maximum color achievement with aged whole leaf hops for proper bitterness. After the boil, this wort was transferred to our coolship, sitting open on our farm, on a cold winters evening. The wort was left there to cool overnight and in the morning, was transferred into a square tank for primary fermentation. With nothing other than the natural airborne yeasties and bacteria which inoculated the wort, this is the true magic of spontaneous brewing. After primary fermentation, this beer was then transferred into neutral oak barrels for extensive slumbering.

 This is the process, give or take, for each season of coolship brewing. From here, we selected mature barrel stock and married it with local (whole fruit) sweet cherries and allowed the stock to ferment on the fruit until fully attenuated. 

 Having worked with all different types of cherries from day one, our projects including them, were all inspired by some of our very favorite lambics of Belgium, aged on cherries. Meemaw, one of our very first appalachian wild ales, is an example of our previous (and current) inspiration.  

Now that we have very mature spontaneous stock and have begun releasing our prized possessions, it was only a matter of time until we took that stock and married it with local cherries. The result, mostly due to the cherries we were able to source, is a good bit different from our previously released cherry wild ales. Though struggling to shine through the drippy jamminess of the cherry and the richness of woody vanilla, this offering showcases a delicately different funk that is reminiscent of sun dried olives,  green black walnut meat and fresh bell peppers.



Availability
One-Off
ABV
6.2%

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