Stainless-Aged Farmhouse Ale with Buckwheat
Buckwild is a stainless-agedStainless-agedWhile the majority of beer these days is fermented in stainless-steel tanks, we call attention to aging in stainless to differentiate from our beers that are barrel-aged. We ferment our fresh draft beers at our Newcastle brewery while all of the stainless aging for mixed-fermentation beers takes place at our Portland Blending and Bottling facility. mixed-fermentationMixed FermentationMixed fermentation is short for “mixed culture fermentation” and is any fermentation that incorporates brewers yeast, brettanomyces, and bacteria, usually in the form of lactobacillus and pediococcus. The blend of yeast and bacteria produces a myriad of complex flavors and creates acidity over a long, slow fermentation time. Our mixed culture includes a healthy pitch... bière de gardeBière de GardeBière de Garde is a malt-forward French farmhouse ale and translates to “beer for keeping” or “beer which has been kept or held.” These beers are higher strength with lower hopping rates than saisons and undergo a long, cold maturation period before being served. Traditional or historic bière de gardes were aged with mixed cultures... with buckwheat.