Thanks to our Guest Blogger and beer aficionado… In this week’s article Denis “the man” Cooper writes about Garage Project Beer, which you can discover on the shelves at Fresh Choice Nelson.
If you go down to the garage tonight you’re sure of a big surprise.
Something will make yourtongue buckle up and water leak from your eyes.
For every beer that ever there was is wild, is sour, it’s beer of the now because it’s brewed by Garage Project’s Wild Workshop!
Garage Project’s insatiable appetite for producing avant-garde beers has taken a sour leap forward into the uncontrolled world of spontaneous mixed culture and wild ferments. They’ve built a bespoke brewery in downtown Wellington called the Wild Workshop. Here the brewers hunt and gather wild yeasts from the local surrounds to inoculate the fermentation process.
One of the first releases from the Wild Workshop is a blonde farmhouse ale mamed Petit Mort. The French name literally translates as small death, but is a colloquialism for orgasm and this beer is definitely more the latter! On the nose are captivating sour bread dough, pineapple and floral notes. Tasting delivers lime, yeasts, bananas and funky spice, with a laid back sourness resulting in astonishing refreshment.
More mind-bending Garage Project beer wizardry is provided by Manuka. A 5.3% ale. Fermented with wild yeasts found on the flowers of nearby Manuka trees. It’s then matured in oak barrels where more wild yeasts do their business. Manuka contains an intoxicating aroma of lemons, honey and wheat, and finishes with a delicate sourness.
Golden Brown ale is reasonably normal by Garage Project standards, but what it lacks in weirdness is more than made up for by intense but well balanced bitter-sweet flavours. A big malt aroma backed up by green hops, smooth golden syrup malts and rye. Perfect with a Spicy hot cross bun or three.
With the recent death of Death from Above, you’ll be delighted to know that Garage Project have re-released The Wolf Man just in time for a howl of an Easter.
Trundle on down to Fresh Choice Nelson for some Garage Project beer to accompany your spicy Easter treat.