|35 tumblers of beer on the tray, 35 tumblers of beer...|
One of the side benefits of having a large international beerfest in our (general) area which features brewers is that they tend to make the most of their trip abroad, and end up doing some events in our little town. Such was the case following The Festival, and one such brewer was Sebastian Sauer of Freigeist from Cologne/Köln, Germany, who is also the brewer of another upstart brewery, The Monarchy. He led a tasting at Bierkraft in Park Slope, and was also on hand at Spuytin Duyvil which featured his beers as well.
|Bierkraft's insane list!!!|
|Sebastian isn't as sour as his last name implies.|
Most of Freigeist's products are made for export, as Germany is not a huge market for "unusual" beers that don't fit squarely into the modern German lager styles of Pils and Helles. Freigeist doesn't own it's own facility, but rents brewing time at the Cologne brewpub Braustelle, as well as other breweries (Vollman and also Göller, near Bamberg), as many other renowned craft brewers do.
|L-R: Anthony of Proletariat, Joel Shelton, |
Sebastian Sauer, Chris of Bierkraft.
|Alternate name: A Beer Named Sue.|
|And I thought it was a product of England.|
|Grodziskie: 3.3% ABV, 5 IBU, 100% oak-smoked wheat malt|
Polish style sour, bittered with willow bark.
|Methusalem: 10% ABV Adambier aka Dortmunder Altbier.|
|Son Of A Batch: dark sour Göse, brewed with coriander|
and Hawaiian black lava salt, aged in apple wood.
|Munchhausen: Münsterland Altbier style, traditionally (mildly) sour.|
|Sauer Power ale: collaboration with Jester King.|
|Phoebe Caufield: this better be a rye beer!|
|L-R: Joe from Bierkraft, Ira Glass, B.R. of Shelton Bros.|
|Jim spins the schlager platters.|
|Sebastian looks ready to bust some Schuhplattler moves.|
|You know, Heino!|
|Ottokolong at Spuyten Duyvil.|
|Black Smoke at Spuyten Duyvil.|
|Spuyten Duyvil list.|
|Son Of A Hickory: dark Göse sour, brewed with coriander and Hawaiian black lava salt, aged in hickory wood.|
|Rauch at Spuyten Duyvil.|
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