Dryhopped Farmhouse Ale with Brettanomyces Collaboration with Ninkasi Brewing Company In June of this year, CBC was paid a visit by one of our favorite brewers from the Pacific Northwest, the great Jamie Floyd of Ninkasi Brewing Co. in Eugene, Oregon. Multiple advance emails set up the first ever Ninkasi/CBC collaboration, drawing particular inspiration from mutually admired bands and albums – King Crimson’s 1981 album Discipline in particular. [wpex more="Read more" less="Read less"] Cacophony and melody. Rhythm and chaos. Control and surrender. The brewer’s art and brewing science. These were the themes we explored as we developed our approach to this collaboration. The creative freedom in recipe development is still beholden to the rules of fermentation, yet ultimately the brewer still cedes authority to the microbes responsible for turning grains to alcohol. INDISCIPLINE was brewed using malted barley and malted spelt along with raw wheat, buckwheat, and flaked barley. Hopped in the kettle with Styrian Aurora and Spalt, primary fermentation was conducted by our house ale yeast. The beer was then sent to oak barrels in the Barrel Cellar, inoculated with Brett. Bruxellensis and Brett. Custercianus. Five months later we brought it back up to our tanks and dryhopped with Chinook, Mosaic, Tettnang, and Falconer’s Flight. This blend of hops – spicy, grassy, citrusy, and floral – complemented nicely the dry cereal grains and the tropical fruit and funky notes contributed by the grist and by the Brett. Extremely well-attenuated and light on the palate with exceptional complexity, INDISCIPLINE becomes even greater than the sum of its parts. "Discipline is never an end in itself, only a means to an end.” – Robert Fripp Flute $5.75[/wpex]

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