At Black Project, we focus crafting unique, delicious beers through research and development in spontaneous fermentation.
Black Project is the personal passion project of James Howat, owner and brewmaster of Former Future Brewing Company. Black Project began production in January 2014 and won bronze medals for coolship ales (Category: Experimental, Subcategory: Wild Ales) at The Great American Beer Festival 2014 and 2015.
All of our beers are fermented with microbes captured from the local environment via our coolship. We believe this creates a beer that is unrivaled in complexity. Our beers are intended to have a sense of place, terroir, no matter how hard one tried our beer could not be replicated outside of our brewery. In fact, our microbe cultures are purposefully allowed to evolve from batch to batch, creating variations and interesting twists from different releases of the same beer.
We are meticulous about designing recipes and processes that will allow nature to take over and create beers unrivaled in their beauty and complexity. Through experimentation and research we are continuously developing new and different techniques for use with wild and spontaneous fermentation.
We are not and do not have any intention of being a lambic brewery. We use science and experimentation to find which processes and ingredients we want to use that parallel traditional lambic producers, however - other the the use of a coolship - we maintain no strict adherence to tradition for tradition's sake. Spontaneous fermentation is merely a starting point and core of our process, from there James's research and development extends much beyond the scope of the great Belgian brewers and blenders.
Our wort is predominantly produced on FFBC's 4bbl brewhouse, and our coolship beers are inoculated on the roof. As of January 2016 our barrel and aging program is housed at Former Future, but we are currently planning to move all Black Project barrels to a second facility in order to allow for growth of both Black Project and Former Future.