|NB Biere de Mars | RR Pliny the Elder, Redemption, Damnation | CS Surette | CS WWB Yellow | RR Consecration, Temptation , Supplication | NB Frambozen | Avery Dihos Dactylion | TP Ghost Face Killah|
I put together another beer trade with a guy in Denver. Man they can get some great beers in that market. Russian River beers are expensive but they are doing things right....but $13 for a 375ml bottle. Whoa. That's highway robbery. Not sure if it is possible, but if I ever start a brewery and make sour beers I'm gonna find a way to make them more affordable. They do have consistently amazing sours beer brands which is no small feat. Also, they make arguably the best DIPA in the world Pliny the Elder. Oh yeah...I got one freshly brewed on February 2nd! I also got my hands on some Crooked Stave which is brewed by Chad Y of the Brettanomyces Project. Word on the streets is that he typically uses a mix of Brett strains for his beers and leans towards the more fruity varieties of Brett. I'd imagine that means Brett C., Brett Drie, and whatever else he's cultures. I also got my hands on some New Belgium Frambozen, and Biere de Mars which my guy in Denver hooked me up with as extras. Whoa...that's generous.
I'm really interested in 1 gallon experiments as of lately with the idea of then culturing, or saving the yeast produced from dregs of commercial beers in 1 gallon experiment batch's. I'll eventually take the saved yeast cakes from these experiments and make larger batch's with them.
It's tough experimenting with sour beer like it is with clean beers because they take so long to age. This is why I've started doing lots of smaller split batch's and 1 gallon batch's. This way I'll have a huge variety...eventually. I love it! I have something like 44 gallons of Sour or Brett beer aging in my house. At some point some of that beer is gonna make it into bottles! I'm actually thinking about using one or two of my 5 gallon kegs for funk and sour beers. Oh boy...what have I got myself into?