This series is named Barn Owl, as a nod to the wise and exacting animal that keeps watch over the farmhouse. Released sporadically throughout the year, just as soon as we deem the vessels ripe for the picking, these beers will be one-off creations never to be replicated again.
This funk jam began in stainless as a mixed fermentation with Vermont Ale yeast and Brett D from our friends at Escarpment Labs. After primary, it was transferred to a single new (to us) red wine foeder where it spent a year developing heavy pineapple and leather funk notes from the Brett, as well as some subtle oak and wine character. The whole batch then went back into stainless where it conditioned on top of 1,200kg of apricot puree, followed by a generous Mosaic & Citra dry hop. Unlike our most recent Barn Owl releases, this version is not a sour — it is heavy on brett induced funk, paired with a heavy blanket of fresh apricot skin.