Reservation tickets for Scratch Brewing Black Trumpet, the brewery’s Biere de Mars beer, are now available. The beer is brewed with farm foraged black trumpet mushrooms.
Biere de Mars literally translates into “March Beer” in English. It is is a 400 year old beer style, that died out of the brewing industry in the mid-1900’s. Bier de Mars is traditionally a low alcohol version of Belgian lambic. Fairly similar to faro beer, without the sweetness (the most widely available is Lindeman’s Faro). Scratch describes this release as a French farmhouse-style beer.
The black trumpet mushrooms were harvest in the woods around the brewery.
Scratch Black Trumpet will be available later this week in 750 milliliter bottles (that have been bottle conditioned for 6 months.) Reservations can be made here.
Image: Scratch Brewing.
Scratch Brewing Chanterelle Biere De Garde
Wicked Weed Brewing (Asheville, NC) has created a new draft only line up for the world cup.
Starting the week of June 12th, head brewer Luke Dickinson will unveil weekly beers inspired by traditional ingredients or beer styles from countries around the world. One of the releases in a “Chicha Ale,” only the brewery isn’t going to chew the ingredients like Dogfish Head did on their tv show Brew Masters.
“I was inspired by the idea of the whole world coming together for one event,” said Luke. “The World Cup gives us a unique opportunity to showcase beer styles from around the world and celebrate them in an interesting way.”
The first beer in the lineup (below) taps at 4 pm on June 12th at the pub in Asheville, NC.
Week of June 12th:
Country of inspiration: Brazil
Concept: To create a Caipirinha inspired ale
Ingredients of interest: Sugar cane rods and lime zest from 30 pounds of limes
Country of Inspiration: France
Concept: A saison brewed with French hops, French yeast and French mushrooms, Chanterelles
Ingredients of interest: French Aramis hops, French saison yeast, and Chanterelles sourced from France
Week of June 19th:
Country of Inspiration: Mexico
Concept: A light, spicy beer brewed with cilantro.
Ingredients of interest: Anaheim, Fresno and Habanero chilies, and cilantro.
Country of Inspiration: Germany
Concept: Traditional Bavarian Hefeweizen made with two uncommon German hops.
Ingredients of interest: Mandarina Bavaria and Huell Melon hops and Bavarian Hefeweizen yeast
Country of Inspiration: Australia
Concept: A 7% ABV ale brewed with 5 types of New Zealand or Australian hops and Lemon Myrtle.
Ingredients of interest: Orbit, Green Bullet, Wakatu, Pacific Gem and Pacific Jade hops and Lemon Myrtle.
Week of June 26th:
Country of Inspiration: England
Concept: An English bitter brewed with yeast brought back from Everards brewery in the UK when the Dickinson brothers brewed there last February.
Ingredients of interest: East Kent Golding hops, Everards Brewery house strand of yeast and Maris Otter barley.
Country of inspiration: Peru
Concept: Wicked Weed’s take on the local alcohol Peruvian Chicha with numerous traditional spices.
Ingredients of interest: Corn and barley base with spearmint, cinnamon, clove and lemon zest.
Country of Inspiration: Ethiopia
Concept: Brew a beer based on Tej, a honey wine that originates in Ethiopia made with gesho root.
Ingredients of interest: Gesho root and 300 pounds of Orange Blossom honey and Wild Blossom honey.
Satchmo is a low-gravity, lightly hopped brown porter that gets its unique mouthfeel from 35 pounds of dried black trumpet mushrooms. Our first collaboration brew was made with Chef Evan Mallet, of Portsmouth’s Black Trumpet Bistro. Chef Mallet, an avid mushroom forager, suggested the idea, and with the help of his staff, collected a portion of the black trumpets from his land in South Berwick, Maine. Satchmo will be released in our Short Batch Series in early November and will be on tap at Chef Mallet’s restaurant in Portsmouth’s historic water front. We will also bottle a small portion for sale exclusively at Smuttynose.
Availability: 22oz bombers. Released at Portsmouth Black Trumpet Bistro, & Brewery Arrival: November, 2011
4.75% ABV, 25 IBU
Thx to Matt Hunt for detail heads up..