‘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 and used late harvest Zinfandel grapes. We first created a blend of one year old lambic-inspired base beer, then let that beer sit on the whole grapes for 16 weeks to go through a secondary fermentation and flavor extraction. The beer has a beautiful deep purple color with notes of fruit and funk in the nose. Bold tannins from the grape skins and an assertive yet balanced acidity really give this beer qualities similar to a bottle of red wine, while also letting our house character shine through reminding you that you are actually drinking beer.
For this special collaboration blend with Cellador Ales, we decided to take a risk and use a fruit not often found in beer, the kiwi. Together we picked out a couple excellent one year old lambic-inspired barrels from our program, and spent a day peeling kiwis and adding them at 3 lbs per gallon. Kiwi is a delicate fruit, and its nuance shows nicely in this brew. Very fruity with soft notes of kiwi, and a solid acidity and some house funk to compliment it.
Raspberry is one of the quinticessial fruits used in traditional sour beer. It’s bright aroma and juicy flavor hold up amazing well, and translate seamlessly into beer. ‘Framboise’ is our take on the traditional style, blended from one year old lambic-inspired barrels and combined with a mix of frozen red raspberries at a rate of 2 lbs per gallon. The beer pours a deep red color, bright and brilliant, with effervescent carbonation. Aromas of fresh raspberries overwhelm the senses followed by juicy, tart, and funky flavors that exist in perfect balance.
A staple fruit for the Belgian inspired is the cherry. Bold flavor, intense color, and amazing aromas make this fruit one of the best choices for beer makers. ‘Kriek’ starts out as a blend of one year old lambic-inspired barrels, combined with a mix of frozen tart cherries at a rate around 2 lbs per gallon. After two months of secondary fermentation and maturation the beer is sent to bottles and kegs for conditioning. The beer has brilliant jammy notes reminiscent of cherry pie, slightly sweet while finishing crisp and dry. That classic Blendery funk and acidity peek through the cherry notes to back it all up and create a balanced beautiful beer experience.
Beachwood Blendery / Garage Project Collaboration. Last year we had the Garage Project crew over from New Zealand to brew a long term batch with us. We chose buckwheat for the base as we had never used that grain before and knew it had potential. We got a special culture to ferment with along side our house culture. This year after aging we decided to use rhubarb as the secondary ingredient. Again something we had never used before, and it's also in the same family as buckwheat! We also decided to add a touch of vanilla at the end to round it out and give more complexity. Big rhubarb aroma comes across at first in a very unique way, a touch of funk is followed by a very solid acidity, and the vanilla rounds out the finish and sweetens just a touch.
Strawberry Provence has quickly become a Blendery favorite! 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.
The Dream is a beautiful and complex blend of tropical flavors and aromas. We refermented each of the five fruit components on our one year old lambic inspired base separately to carefully bring each component together in delicate balance. Vibrant glowing orange in appearance, massive fruit aromatics literally spill from the glass in waves with each of the fruits flowing into the next. On the palate bright sweet tropical flavors and satisfying acidity is followed by a dry finish and classic funk.
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.