We are excited to announce that Wildflower Amber Blend #1 will be available online and at select locations from Thursday 20 April, 2017.
Amber is a blended barrel aged Australian Wild Ale. Blend #1 is a blend of two barrels, 1702 and 1717. The beer in 1702 was brewed in early January 2017 and racked into the barrel in the middle of the month. The wort for this beer was quite pale and picked up colour from a 3 hour boil. At blending, the barrel was showing a lot of acid complexity that lent to the blend the moderate tartness we aim for in the Amber. 1717 was filled with our second batch of Amber (a slightly different, darker wort) brewed in the middle of February. In its spent a relatively short 3 week time in oak which allowed this beer to retain its relatively clean cool fermentation characteristics. At blending, this barrel had fantastic tobacco, chocolate notes. In the blend, we feel that these pair nicely with the acidity from 1702.
The base beer is brewed entirely with New South Wales cereals: Single Origin (S.O.) Moree, NSW grown Gairdner ale malt and North Star, NSW grown Spitfire S.O. raw wheat thanks to Provenance Malt, as well as Riverina grown Janz S.O. raw wheat, Binya, NSW grown S.O. LaTrobe vienna malt and Riverina grown chocolate malt from Voyager Craft Malt. It is made with filtered Sydney water and Motueka (NZ) and Saaz (CZ) hops. Finally, it was fermented with our house culture: brewers yeast, foraged wild yeast and naturally occurring souring bacteria native to New South Wales. It was bottled on March 4 2017 and naturally conditioned through refermentation for 6 weeks. At bottling it was 6.0% ABV, 15 IBU and 1.7°P (FG= 1.007 SG).
Like all our beers, Amber Blend #1 is best enjoyed when decanted off a settled natural yeast sediment at cellar temperatures (10-12°C).
Bend #1 will be available on Thursday 20 April 2017 through our online shop here or from one of the excellent retailers below:
- Beer Cartel, Artarmon
- Bitter Phew, Darlinghurst
- Bucket Boys, Marrickville
- Creek & Cella, Leichhardt
- Flat Rock Brew Cafe, Naremburn
- The Oak Barrel, CBD
- Oldfield Cellars, Gosford
- Platinum Liquor, Strathfield & Bellevue Hill