After many months of planning and discussion, four friends (well, actually there were eight of us but we came from four separate fermentation locations), joined together on April 19th 2018.
This collaboration was a meeting of minds, the chance to learn from each other and our wildly different approaches at our respective breweries and cidery.
Without getting too entrenched, the gist was that we all share a love of wild and mixed fermentation beers and low intervention cider – so what would happen if we came together? One brewday – following our turbid mash schedule and extended boil, the wort was sent to our coolship for wild inoculation overnight of beer. The following day it was split 4 ways into 12 oak barrels.
Our unique collaboration project with Oliver’s Cider, The Kernel and Mills Brewing has finally come to fruition. Further down this page, you can find our original post on the brew day but for those more interested in the beer, it’s release is imminent! After a sneak preview and tasting with Mark (Burning Sky), and Evin (The Kernel), at Indyman the beers will be going into trade late November.
There will be an event at The Kernels new tap room on Monday 2nd December (harass them for details), everyone involved will be present with a selection of their beers and ciders. Plus Four Friends The Blend and the single variety iterations will all be on draft, with bottles also available.
You can pre-order bottles from ourselves but note they will not ship until 27th November, when the Blend will ship to national wholesale and bottleshops.
Due to the seriously limited quantities of the single iterations and the logistical impossibility of trying to ensure a fair spread (see below for numbers), The Kernels tap and our online shop are the only places that these will be available.
The beers work as themselves, tasting like a twist on each brewery – the blend being a truly unique beer, impossible to recreate without us four friends. Where will this project go from here? One thing we can say, is that everyone involved is keen to continue it and further our learning from each other – next time we will ensure there is more to go round.
Three breweries, one cider maker – four friends! 12 oak barrels of varying proportions supplied by each producer.
Burning Sky Iteration – no mixed culture added, just spontaneous fermentation: 228 x 750ml bottles
Mills Brewing Iteration -with Mills house mixed fermentation culture: 252 x 750ml bottles
The Kernel Iteration – with Kernels house mixed fermentation culture: 252 x 750ml bottles
Oliver’s Cider Iteration – in freshly emptied barrel with Foxwelp cider lees: 198 x 750ml bottles
The Blend – all of the above! 1740 x 750ml bottles.
Last Thursday, we started what we believe to be a truly exciting project with friends from Mills Brewing, Olivers Cider and The Kernel, all of whom make exemplary mixed fermentation beers/ natural ciders.