Savage Oak is the brand for our Wild and Sour beer program. These beers are all brewed in our Savage Oak Room, separate from our “clean” brewery and barrel aging space. All of these beers are aged in oak foeders and/or barrels and use Brettanomyces (wild yeast), souring bacteria, or a combination of both. None of these beers are kettle soured, we use our own custom blends of Brett and Bacteria to produce beers with a wide range of flavors from fruity and sour to funky. Below are the beers we produce in our Savage Oak Program. We also do several fruit variants of these beers where fruit is added directly to a barrel or to a fermenter after Foeder/barrel aging to allow the simple sugars to ferment. This allows the Brett and Bacteria to continue to develop and prevents the beer from being too sweet. Check our tap list for currently available Savage Oak beers on tap and in 500 mL bottles.
These beers are aged in our 20bbl Oak Foeders. All utilize a “Solera” method where about 1/3 of the beer is left in the Foeder when it is pulled. This keeps the culture in each Foeder consistent and active, creating a complex beer that evolves over time.
-Blanc- Brett Berliner Weisse- Our take on a Berliner Weisse is not kettle soured, it is fermented with a mix of Lactobacillus bacteria and our custom blend of Brettanomyces. No Saccharomyces (regular beer yeast) is used to make this beer. The beer is then aged in an Oak Foeder for 3-4 months to allow the flavors to develop and mellow. The result is a more complex version of the style with a smooth sourness and notes of citrus, berries, orchard fruits, tropical fruits, and oak. Available year round.
-Straw- Mix Fermented Saison- Mix fermented with Belgian Saison yeast and our custom blend of fruit-forward Brettanomyces. To develop our house culture, we brewed several batches of Straw using a different blends of Brett. A portion of each was aged in oak barrels and we picked our favorite strains to seed our Straw Foeder. The resulting beer is bone dry with the classic Saison spice but the full year of Foeder Aging with Brett adds complexity and notes of pineapple, stone fruits, pie cherries, citrus, an earthy funk, and slightly tart finish. Summer release
-Gold- Lambic Inspired Sour Golden Ale- Inspired by the Lambics of Belgium this beer is brewed with a healthy portion of wheat malt, flaked wheat, and flaked oats, for a bit of body. The beer is aged for a full year in a Foeder with our custom blend of Brettanomyces, and bacteria. The result is a complex beer with a prominent but smooth sourness and notes of stone fruits, tropical fruits, oak, and a pleasant earthy funk. Spring/Summer release.
-Ruby- Flanders Inspired Sour Red Ale- Our take on the sour red ales of Flanders. Brewed with Munich and Caramunich malts for a toasty, slightly sweet malt character. The beer is aged for a full year in a Foeder with our custom blend of Brettanomyces, and bacteria. The result is a complex beer with a moderate sourness and notes of pie cherries, stone fruits, toasted bread and toffee. Fall/Winter release.
Black Label Series
These are the Savage Oak versions of our strong Belgian beers aged in fresh wine barrels with Brettanomyces and/or bacteria, and fruit. We are no longer producing these beers but some are still out in the world.
-Brother- Imperial Honey Saison with Brettanomyces and Pear- Our Brother’s Keeper, Imperial Honey Saison, aged for a year in fresh white wine barrels with our blend of Brettanomyces and Pear juice.
-Abbey- Belgian Stout with Brettanomyces and Raspberry- Our Dark Abbey, Imperial Belgian Stout, aged for a year in fresh red wine barrels with our blend of Brettanomyces and Raspberry juice.
-Sinister- Sour Belgian Quad with Tart Cherries- Our Sinister Minister, Belgian Quadrupel, aged for 2 years in fresh red wine barrels with our blend of Bacteria, Brettanomyces and tart cherry juice.
-Giant- This is our Savage Oak version of Quiet Giant, our Anniversary Stout. It was aged for over 2 years in oak barrels with sherry flor. The sherry culture dried the beer out and brought it up to 18% ABV. Despite the high ABV the beer is smooth and complex, drinking much dryer than a traditional Imperial Stout (more like wine or liquor) with notes of oak, dark chocolate, dark fruits, nougat, and nuts.