Wild Beer Co, Sleeping Lemons
Picture stags rutting in a field. Mean. Moody. The epitome of wild. The Wild Beer Co logo speaks volumes about the place in which this brewery was born at the tail end of 2012. Those wild antlers have smashed down the doors of the British beer establishment transforming both the way in which beer is made and how it can be paired with food.
Brett (the Californian former chef who takes care of the brewing - right) and Andrew (the ‘dogsbody’ – his words - left) met whilst working at the Bristol Beer Factory. They jumped in with a 15 barrel brewery in rural Somerset (Andrew’s home shire) and started brewing some pretty incredible beers that have style and substance in equal measure. If you want your beers bold, brash and experimental on the yeast front, look no further. Taking inspiration from Belgian wild yeast ales used in this traditional farmhouse ale style, Wild Beer are hurling it forward dramatically into the modern age.
Then there is the barrel aging. Then there are the magic ingredients. Nobody does beer like Wild Beer. Our personal favourites include Ninkasi (apple juice, wild yeasts, NZ hops and champagne fermentation), Schnoodlepip (barrel-aged with pink peppers, passion fruit and hibiscus) and Millionaire (a chocolate and salted caramel milk stout).
Brett talks us through this week’s beer, Sleeping Lemons… “L'hamd Marakad, the Moroccan for preserved lemon, literally translates as Sleeping Lemons. We have been preserving lemons in salt and lemon juice throughout the winter, ready to brew this refreshing, zesty, summer special. Gose, is a traditional German-style sour wheat beer, usually brewed with coriander and salt. Once nearly extinct, this very refreshing style is making a comeback and we thought it would provide the perfect backbone to this wonderfully complex summer beer. It's a fabulous citrus accompaniment to fish dishes, or it could act as a sour lemon pickle to Moroccan food”.
These guys are proper foodies and are walking the talk on elevating beer to a drink that can replace wine on restaurant tables with poncey food. The Wild Beer Co at Jessop House restaurant was launched in Cheltenham in September. We’ve been twice already. It’s genuinely one of the best food and beer venues we’ve ever stepped foot in. Go wild and get yourself down there. Wear your Sunday best. Drink Wildly Different.