Farm to Fort
New Belgium and Blackberry Farm have teamed up for a collaboration that crosses state borders!
Lauren Limbach, Wood Cellar Director of New Belgium Brewery in Fort Collins (and quite possibly one of the most well-known names in sour beers), is good friends with Travis Hixson, head brewer at Blackberry Farm. If you haven’t been on that side of the country, Blackberry Farm is a luxurious Smoky Mountain getaway with everything from a full farm-to-table restaurant to a craft brewery.
This collaboration was born from a simple desire to make something fun for the Craft Brewers Conference in Tennessee. But why stop there? A collaboration like this should be shared as much as possible! Enter Collaboration Fest.
“We quickly realized that not only could we have a special beer for the CBC but that we could share the love by featuring this one at Collabfest in Denver. We got super pumped when we realized all those stars aligned.”
And align they did!
“...we’re hoping to brew a really nice biere de garde/saison style beer featuring a beautiful bretta strain that we have and blending a portion of foeder-aged golden sour into the beer. We’re working with our good friend Chris Schooley over at Troubadour Maltings here in town to source the malt for this one…. ”
As of just a few days ago, we learned that they are doing a primary fermentation with ale yeast, followed by a secondary fermentation with a bretta strain. After that they will blend a portion of the beer with a foeder-aged sour. Which foeder, exactly, is still to be determined, but we can’t imagine we’re the only ones who are excited to see what these two sour & wild ale pros come up with.
No name for this one yet, but we’re hoping it’s farm related!