Works of Love: Monk’s Blend
Blended Barrel-Aged Farmstead® Ale
In April of 2017, Tom Peters and Felicia D’Ambrosio of Philadelphia’s Monk’s Cafe journeyed north to collaborate on a blend originally intended to commemorate Monk’s 20th anniversary. The purposeful goal: evoke the minerality of white Burgundy wine while capturing the essence of a barrel-aged Farmstead® ale.
In the spirit of this year’s emergence of Prolegomena, this beer’s journey has been longer than anticipated but no less captivating to observe—one which ultimately resulted in a celebration of the 25th anniversary of Monk’s Cafe!
A blend of eight individual barrels comprised of Nordic Saison, Vera Mae, Anna, Arthur, and Florence, most of these began their individual journeys in the respective springs of 2015 and 2016. The composition now represents more than seven years—an arc of development and progress marked by patience, observation, and optimism.