Vera Mae and More for 12-14 August 2020
Vera Mae (2019 Vintage)
Since 2010, the brewing of Vera Mae has become a Spring ritual that revolves around the communal collection of dandelion flowers growing in the fields surrounding our brewery. This Farmstead® ale is crafted from organically grown grains, characterful hops, Vermont wildflower honey, dandelion flowers from our fields, our farmhouse yeast, and water from our well. The 2019 Edition was refined in our oak puncheons and wine barrels for two months and has been bottle conditioning for more than one year.
This release was brewed and dry-hopped exclusively with hand-selected 2019 Riwaka hops from New Zealand’s Freestyle Farm. Riwaka remains one of the most uniquely expressive varietals that we have encountered along our brewing journey, and we are fortunate to have met and partnered with Freestyle Hops shortly after their inception. Each of our Farmstead® Ales celebrates the dwindling tradition and process of bottle conditioning (more to come on this, in another post!). Although this beer will age gracefully for years, we encourage you to consume this within six months for best hop expression. We hope that, by now, many of you may have been inspired to read the writings that inspire some of our beer names. In this case, Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay “Self-Reliance” is quietly pleading (along with our encouragement) for a few hours of your quiet introspection.
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