This beer involved two different experiments gone right. The first came from an offer for a blend of ‘not so pretty looking’ cherries from a local farmer that were still high quality and tasting great. The second, from our ongoing experimentation with different grains, this time rye. Together they work seamlessly to create an extremely unique experience. Cherry comes through big in the aroma with that classic funky chlorine character. There’s big mouth feel from the rye which also gives it some savory, bread like qualities. Funky, nice and tart, this beer blurs the line between sour beer and fancy cocktail.
For this version of ‘Fruit Salad’, we had Ron Gansberg down from Cascade Brewing to help us choose just the right barrels. We had some stone fruit barrels left over from the last season, along with some other interesting barrels to pick from. We ended up blending barrels that had apricot, nectarine, and second-use guava, along with a barrel filled with base beer that was brewed with Jasmine rice. Juicy stone fruit dominates, with apricot and nectarine shining through the most, followed by that classic guava character and a touch of funk. Solid acidity all the way through leaves your mouth watering, and slightly coats the tongue. Full bodied but also light on the finish and refreshing.
Careful with that Passion Fruit, Eugene is back for a second time! For this beer we take a blend of 9-14 month old barrels, add Passion Fruit for one month, and bottle condition with wine yeast for three months. The passion fruit shines through and combines perfectly with the flavors and acidity from the original blend. Fruity, funky, sour… this beer could be dangerous in the wrong hands.
‘Chaos is a Friend of Mine’ is the result of blending barrels of our base beer to produce the flavor profile of a Belgian Lambic. We begin with a traditional grain bill composed of pilsner malt and raw wheat, which is then boiled for an extended amount of time with aged hops. The wort is then fermented and aged in neutral French oak barrels with our diverse house culture. Chaos ensues from the countless strains of yeast and bacteria fighting for dominance, and after 9 - 14 months in the barrel, we introduce the power of blending to bring order back, ultimately creating a beer that's greater than the sum of its parts. Funk takes center stage in this brew, with notes of barnyard, stone fruit, and aged hops. A balanced and clean acidity make this beer tart, yet extremely palatable, with a full body and crisp dry finish.
'Come in Grape, Your Time is Up' is a seasonal series based around the grape harvest. In fall we collaborate with various wineries to create beers that blur the lines between wine and beer. In this version we partnered up with Castoro Cellars from Paso Robles, CA and used late harvest Muscat grapes. We first created a blend of one year old lambic-inspired base beer, then let that beer sit on the grape juice and must for 8 weeks to go through a secondary fermentation. This golden beer has sweet perfumy and floral aromas reminiscent of a desert wine. The flavor is tart and crisp with some tannic and oak qualities, finishing fairly dry with a lingering fruitiness.
Inspired by the unique flavors of Mexican candy, Dia de Los Mangos is a blend of one year old barrels aged on mango and tamarind for 8 weeks and infused with Ancho, Aleppo, Aji Amarillo, Guajillo, and Green Serano chili. Aromatics of chili dominate while mango and funk ethereally float through your olfactory. Tropical fruit flavors follow backed by a solid lactic acidity, finishing spicy while staying pleasantly drinkable. A unique beer to say the least.
A special collaboration with our friends and neighbors, Recreational Coffee. We combined some Lambic-inspired base beer made with rye and some of their craft roasted Ethiopia Koke coffee. Huge fruity and jammy coffee aroma balanced with a savory rye flavor, some funk, and nice tart finish.
A while back we made 'Strawberry Provence' as a single barrel experiment and loved it so much we decided to make a full batch. It is a blend of one year old lambic-inspired base beer, aged on three pounds per gallon of whole frozen strawberries for two months, and a touch of Herbes de Provence added right before packaging. With big jammy strawberry aromas, there's no mistaking what fruit we used in this beer. Sweet, tart, and funky, with slight notes of fresh herbs on the finish that compliments that juicy strawberry character.
‘Careful with that Pineapple Guava, Eugene’ is part of our quest to experiment with rare and unique fruits. We put one pound per gallon fresh feijoa (aka Pineapple Guava) onto some of our lambic-inspired base beer for two months before packaging. The beer has a bright tropical fruit aroma, reminiscent of pineapple, guava, apple, and mint. Tastes like artificial sour candy, sweet and tart, accompanied by big fruit character.
'Come in Grape, Your Time is Up' is a seasonal series based around the grape harvest. In fall we collaborate with various wineries to create beers that blur the lines between wine and beer. In this version we partnered up with Halter Ranch from Paso Robles and used Grenache grapes. We first created a blend of one year old lambic-inspired base beer, then let that beer sit on the grape juice and must for 8 weeks to go through a secondary fermentation. Beautiful crimson color with a big floral bouquet on the nose and hints of cranberry. Slightly tannic, winey, and tart berry flavors, crisp and dry on the finish.
Beachwood Blendery is a small batch beer producer established in 2014 by the same creative minds behind the award winning Beachwood Brewing. Beachwood Blendery has embarked on an undoubtedly geeky quest to recreate the Lambic style beers of Belgium. Our beers are produced using ingredients, equipment, and brewing methods that are both steeped in tradition and admittedly modern.
The more traditional methods involve the use of un-malted wheat, aged hops, a koelschip placed in the rafters, spontaneous fermentation, neutral French Oak wine barrels and puncheons.
The modern approach uses non-traditional ingredients, including unconventional grains and tropical fruit, and involves keeping a mixed house culture constantly propagating and developing in our incubators.
All of this occurs in our custom-designed barrel room, built to mimic the daily temperature and humidity fluctuations of a Lambic brewery in Belgium.
The first beers produced by Beachwood Blendery, aptly named 'The Propagation Series', were variations of Brett Saison and Berliner Weisse brewed and blended to test how the different yeast and bacteria performed in the Beachwood Blendery environment. The results of this experiment have been factored into what have become Beachwood Blendery's signature Lambic-inspired beers. These core brands all involve beer that has been fermented and aged in oak barrels for 9 months to 3 years with a wide variety of microoganisms, that shape the tart, funky, and complex flavors we've come to desire. Yes, these beers take an exceptionally long time to develop, but we think that it's well worth the wait.
The Beachwood Blendery Team
Ryan Fields is an exceptionally talented and creative brewer whose working knowledge of brewing comes from his time spent with some of California’s most acclaimed breweries. Ryan’s introduction to brewing began at Lost Abbey in San Diego, where he was able to work with one of the nation’s most prolific barrel programs. Under the tutelage of Tomme Arthur and crew, Ryan went on to develop a great understanding of funky, sour beers. After four years with Port Brewing / Lost Abbey, Ryan took the position of Head Brewer for Pizza Port San Clemente. It was here that Ryan started to not only perfect his craft of brewing, but also experiment with his own small barrel program. In 2014 Ryan joined the Beachwood Blendery project to become the Head Brewer and Blender, and the match couldn’t be any more perfect. Alongside his practical experience, Ryan brings with him a degree in physics, an intimate understanding of yeast and bacteria and his mighty banjo.
Beachwood Blendery labels are developed in collaboration with one of our longtime favorite artists, Thomas Campbell. Thomas, an acclaimed international artist and filmmaker, splits his time creating at his studio in Northern California and traveling the globe partaking in exhibitions and filmmaking. His artwork will be featured prominently throughout our core line up of Lambic-Inspired Ales.