By now, many beer enthusiasts have seen Allagash Brewing Company‘s YouTube video chronicling the use of their koelschip and their brewing of a seriously wild beer. It’s an American-made lambic, produced traditionally, according to Allagash head brewer Jason Perkins “for the first time, as far as we know it, in the US.”
For those that haven’t seen it, here it is:
Pretty flippin’ cool. Envelop pushing by an excellent brewery.
With a little time having passed, I’ve gotten curious about how it’s going. Why float around in the world of rumors and speculation?, thought I. So I contacted Perkins for an update.
“Batch 1 and Batch 2 are both fermenting in French oak barrels. A good chunk of the sugar consumption has been completed, but what lies ahead is a long road of finishing the beer off and developing true “wild” character. The beer is currently showing some young “lambic” character.It will be at least one year before the true character of this beer will come through and 2-3 years before we begin to actually sell any of the various blends.”
Exciting stuff. Exciting stuff. Exciting stuff. And a test of our patience. I can wait.