Bright Side: A series of five collaborative Australian Wild Ales made with smoke tainted grapes.
When Bryan Martin of Ravensworth Wines realised his vines were smoke tainted from the 2020 bushfires, he concocted a plan ‘B’ with Topher Boehm of Wildflower Brewing & Blending to turn the unwanted grapes into a series of blended beers.
A series expressing the 2020 harvest through five unique beers, using Wildflower Gold as a base, married with Ravensworth grape varietals.
Bright Side: Shiraz
Bright Side: Gamay
Bright Side: Riesling
Bright Side: Viognier
Bright Side: Sangiovese
The Bright Side beers are two friend’s attempt to view the world with a glass half-full. Share in our optimism.
RELEASE FRIDAY MAY 7th
ON THE ROAD
Bryan & Topher will be hitting the road this May for a series of parties and speaking appearance at their mates’ venues in Sydney, Canberra, Griffith, Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth & Launceston.
All events are open to the public, with tickets available separately for each event. Event formats will vary, based on venue capacities and available space. Please click on the link for each event for more information on tickets and availibliies.
Friday 7 May - P&V Newtown, SYDNEY- Public Gold coin donation tasting
Saturday 8 May - Paranormal Wines, CANBERRA
Sunday 9 May - Limone Dining, GRIFFITH
Saturday 15 May - The Wheaty, ADELAIDE
Sunday 16 May - Bar Romantica, MELBOURNE
Thursday 20 May - BESK, PERTH
Friday 21 May - Si Paradiso, PERTH
Sunday 23 May - Havilah, LAUNCESTON
-The Canberra Times: When Life Gives You Smoke-Tainted Grapes, Make Beer
-Good Food: Wildflower Brewing looks on the bright side of smoke-tainted grapes
-2SER: The Bright Side of brewing with Smoke Tainted Grapes
-Time Out Sydney: These Sydney-brewed wild ales use smoke-tainted grapes from the bushfire disaster
-Gourmet Traveller Wine: The Bright Side
-The Crafty Pint: Going Green: Trash to Treasure
-The Winefront: Wildflower Bright Side Wild Ale-Wines April 2021 Release
-Beer & Brewer: Tainted Love Beers Give Smoky Grapes a Bright Side
ABOUT THE BEER
These five beers are the marriage of Bryan’s hand harvested, carbonic
macerated, whole bunch wine grapes with Topher’s freshly fermented Gold Australian Wild Ale.
Late 2019-Early 2020
Persistent smoke from both nearby and surprisingly far away bush fires begin pass through the Canberra District wineries, threatening crops.
2 February 2020
Over dinner, Bryan shares the recent news to Topher his grapes are too highly affected by smoke to make any wine from the estate and the two hatch a plan to see the fruit not go to waste.
March 10-12 2020
Wildflower brews fresh wort in Sydney and starts fermentation before heading down the M5 to pick the whole Ravensworth vineyard with Bryan. Whole bunch grapes are added to neutral stainless steel vessels for a three week carbonic maceration to begin their own fermentation on skins.
1 April 2020
Young fermented Wild Ale travels to Ravensworth and is blended in with each of the vessels containing fruit. The two are left together for eight months for maceration and higher level fermentation development.
Topher travels back down to Canberra to separate the fruit from beer and create each blend with Bryan. The blends come back to Sydney for bottling and maturation.
After 4+ full months of bottle conditioning and maceration, the results of this project are finally ready to be shared.
RELEASE DATE: FRIDAY MAY 7th, 2021
Below is a continually updated list of stockists who are stocking the Bright Side Beers.
P&V Wine + Liquor Merchants, SYDNEY
Limone Dining, GRIFFITH
The Sackville Hotel
The Artisan Cheese Room
10 William St
Native Drops Bondi
Field Blend Wine & Cheese Store
The Oak Barrel
The Noble Hops
Camperdown Cellars Parramatta Road
Red Bottle Alexandria
Warners at the Bay
Thyme to Taste
The Sun Bottle Shop
Bottle Keg Can
Cool Wine, HOBART
The Winston, HOBART
Boodle Beasley, HOBART
TOURS & TASTING SESSIONS
Please join us at the brewery to meet our team, learn about our unique process and enjoy our beer with friends.
Eaarly in each month, we open our brewery from 12pm to 1.30pm for a ticketed Tour & Tasting session on a Saturday.
Paranormal Wines, CANBERRA
Rebel Rebel Dining
Pilot Restaurant and Bar
The Wheaty, ADELAIDE
Karma and Crow
Hutt Street Cellars
The Scenic Hotel
Cru Bar + Cellar
Black Sheep Bottle Shop