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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) and Andrew (the ‘dogsbody’ – his words) 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 ageing and 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 (chocolate and salted caramel milk stout).
This week’s beer is no different. Brewed exclusively for BeerBods, (hence the name, 9pm) you’ll be some of the first lucky people on the planet to try this beer.
9 pm is a mixed fermentation pale ale and is the epitome of everything Wild Beer do well. Notes of tropical fruit and citrus are balanced with a slight funkiness from the yeast that brings complexity in abundance. This is one beer you won’t be forgetting in a hurry.