It’s been awhile since we’ve written a notice associated w/one of the few open-fermented breweries in the Northwest. Yet here we are again, promoting a brewery that many have yet to discover outside the I-5 corridor.
Announced a couple of days ago, Upright Brewing is happy to announce the release of Fantasia.
Brewed back in the hot summer of 2010, this all barrel-aged ale has never touched a metal fermenter. Aged for over a year and a half and produced with fresh peaches and multiple yeasts (and bacteria), Fantasia has been likened to a traditional Lambic.
More about Fantasia from Upright Owner and Head Brewer Alex Ganum:
It was a tremendously friendly Trevor Baird, whose family operates an orchard producing wonderful fruit, who planted the idea in my head to make a peach beer. I set about to brew something totally different from anything I've done before and began by propagating some lactobacillus and brettanomyces, which don't reproduce all that quickly. I wanted a healthy and respectable pitch to get the flavors I had in mind, and by the time the peaches were ripe and ready, the yeast and bacteria were plenty ready to go. The few weeks leading up to the brewday were also spent procuring some appropriate oak barrels, eight in total sourced from four different wineries. After finally getting the call from Trevor that the peaches would be ready on the 23rd, everything was in order and Gerritt fired up the brewhouse while myself and a few very hardworking friends unloaded 800 pounds of fruit and spent most of the day cutting them up and stuffing them into the barrels. It took quite a while, and the wort enjoyed an extra long boil in the meantime much like the processing of traditional lambics. The recipe on the brewlog that day was simple; all barley malt (unlike the wheaten lambic style), but employing warm aged hops from the 2008 harvest. By the end of the boil, all eight barrels were full of the fruit plus a mixture of saison yeast and the aforementioned lactobacillus and brettanomyces. The wort was then cooled and pumped directly into the barrels, all of them getting filled to roughly 2/3 or 3/4 capacity to allow room for the fermentation, which after a couple weeks was on it's tail end and the barrels were topped off with one of two beers; the Four and the Tokay d' Portland, a small batch barrel aged experiment of sorts. At that point, the Fantasia was ready for extended maturation in the casks, so it was hard bunged and set aside until the following August when seven of the eight barrels were blended and bottled shortly thereafter. Those bottles have been conditioning in the back of the brewery since and are in prime form and ready to enjoy, although I expect it to develop nicely for two more years before the fruit character begins to fade away. –source, Upright Brewing
Look for wax-dipped, 750ml bottles, at the brewery ($20 or $225 for a case, with a 1 case limit) or at select bottleshops in the Northwest.
About Upright Brewing
Upright Brewing specializes in farmhouse inspired beers rooted in France and Belgium but made with local ingredients and a Pacific Northwest twist. The name is a reference to Charles Mingus and his primary instrument. Mingus was a musician whose compositions defy categorization. At Upright we use a special saison yeast and open fermenters to produce beers that are a true hybrid style, sharing Mingus’ spirit of exercising creativity and craft.