Thursday, May 6, 2021

Rockwell Brewing Co. - St. Louis Missouri

Rockwell Brewing / Little Fish Brewing Sumac Suitcase Saison...$9.99 / 500ml
Sumac Suitcase - Mixed Fermentation Saison Brewed with Sumac
Back in July 2019--which feels like 30 years ago, to be honest--our good friend Sean White got on a plane bound for Saint Louis with two rolling suitcases packed to the gills with sumac he'd foraged the day before near his brewery, Athens, Ohio's terrific Little Fish Brewing Co., as well as two jugs of his house yeast culture. Unusual cargo, for sure, but intended for a higher purpose. Together we collaborated on an amber mixed fermentation saison hopped gently in the kettle with Amarillo and designed to complement the tart red fruit character of the sumac berries we added in the whirlpool.

We aged the beer for many months in our Missouri white oak foeder with a blend of both of our house cultures before allowing it to rest and naturally condition for almost a year in package. The wait rewarded us with bright red berries, gentle rye spice, toast, tangerine, and subtle caramel all rolled up and elevated by a lively effervescence. 7.1% ABV

Rockwell Beer Co. Polymath....$9.99 / 500ml
Mixed fermentation Saison
Rustic, Effervescent, Elegant

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