GABF®Gold Medal and World Beer Championships Gold medal winner
Between sessions at the Great American Beer Festival at Euclid Hall in Denver, Jeff went to lunch with some friends and was sampling a few beers at a local restaurant. Seeing that this was a gang of brewers, the manager of the establishment came over to Jeff and said, "we are looking for a berliner weisse, do you guys make that?"
Jeff had never heard of a berliner weisse before. The restaurant had this delicious Woodruff syrup they wanted to pair with a berliner weisse and let Jeff sample the syrup (Jeff ended up putting it in a La Folie). Amazed at the deliciousness of the syrup, and possibly ignorant of the technical challenges that lay ahead to create a berliner weisse, Jeff immediately committed to brewing this complex beer for the restaurant.
Jeff hunted down a lactobacillus culture; it took months to figure out how to work with this culture. Working with the culture was a lot like herding cats--the brewery was running 3 different cultures to learn how to use it.
One year after sitting in that restuarant for lunch, our Berliner Weiss won gold at the Great American Beer Festival. The beer that won gold is the same as what you are drinking--not specialties for competition.
An Old-world German style Berliner Weisse with a lively and elegant character. Tart, yes, but eminently approachable. Beginning with a wheat aromatic and accompanied by crisp, acidic, citrus notes. From start to finish, this is a beer with mild tartness and an ever drying finish.
Pale Malts, Wheat Malts