Motley cru 2018: blueberry
blend of barrel aged wild ale conditioned on blueberries
Motley Cru is our anniversary barrel blend, released (fashionably late)
each year to commemorate another lap around the sun. It represents a
lot of planning, labour, patience and creativity – a final destination for some of our most prized barrels.
This year’s blend -- comprised of sours, brett beers, and wild ales
that we picked from both foudres and barrels -- is a particularly
significant one because it happens to be the first MC to be
brewed, barrel aged, blended, and bottle conditioned entirely
within our Hafis production facility. In this setting the barrels
slumber in peace, produce better beers, and house a sassy
cohort of bugs and yeast that are constantly working on becoming their best selves.
In the 2018 blend we prioritized punchy acidity and bright
fruitiness, nuanced brett characteristics, and complex wild yeast
derived flavours. We divided the beer unequally into 3 parts, before adding fruit to create variants.
Blueberry Variant: The colour of summer berries, with a beautiful
jewel-toned transparency in the glass. Aromatics of blueberry
fruit roll up, black tea, and vanilla. Flavours of tart blueberry,
mint, and funky brett. Lively carbonation with a dry, tannic body.