Weekly Beer Buzz

Flavors of wine, bourbon, and tart acidity melt together in one bottle. It starts with a custom blend of two beers, both fermented from coolship-caught microbes. Once fermented, the beer is transferred to oak barrels that first held bourbon before their second life aging cherry wine from Red Fox Cellars, in the Palisade region of Colorado. After being freshly emptied at the winery, the beer was transferred to cherry wine barrels and allowed to rest and soak up all the beautiful cherry wine, rich oak character from the wood, and some of the original bourbon notes.

 PEACEMAKER is part of our experimental series, which uses a blend of two spontaneous solera fermented beers. The blend is a combination of two base …beers, one 100% wheat and the other, a golden ale, made with pilsner malt. Both beers were brewed on our 4 BBL system and then cooled in our coolship, a custom-built copper 12 BBL vessel designed to cool wort overnight while inoculating with wild yeast and other microbes from the air. In November, we expanded into the space next door to add 100 oak barrels and a new coolship, which sits under an open window with fans overhead to circulate the air. This allows the boiling wort to cool for 12 hours, which inoculates the wort with airborne microbes, including brettanomyces, lactobacillus, pediococcus, and saccharomyces. Once it is cooled, the wort is transferred to stainless-steel totes where it aged and fermented for 8-12 months.

This beer was created using a solera method, a process where unfermented wort is added to finished beer, which causes the active microbes in the beer to referment the new wort, creating an almost identical copy of the original spontaneously fermented beer. When the total volume has finished fermentation, a portion of the beer is then transferred to another container and the new, unfermented wort, is topped off to replace and referment on the existing beer. This is a continuous process that we have used for over three years to create one of a kind beers, as each beer changing slightly from the previous batch.

The base beer is funky and tart and pairs perfectly with the sharp flavors of the barrel, while still peeking through with a complex and unique character. This beer is the culmination of years of spontaneous fermentation, barrel aging, and a unique partnership with Red Fox Cellars. Bottles are extremely limited and will be sold on a first come, first served basis. This beer will continue and develop with age so drink fresh or save for later.

PEACEMAKER was named after the production of the Convair B-36 “Peacemaker”, originally created for the United States Air Force by Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation in 1946 as a piston-engine bomber capable of delivering nuclear weapons intercontinentally without refueling, with a range of 10,000 miles and a maximum payload of 87,200 lbs.

The B-36 set the standard for range and payload for subsequent U.S. intercontinental bombers.
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PEACEMAKER
 750mL bottle, cork and cage
LIMITS AND PRICING TO BE ANNOUNCED*

*All limits are subject to change, at anytime, without advanced warning.

Black Project is located at: 1290 S Broadway, Denver, CO.

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Weekend Beer Buzz

Professor Phineas Barleyhop, Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales, Denver, CO, 4 PM

Former Future Brewing Company will always hold a special place in our hearts, the boxes of old merchandise – not so much.

So, we are getting rid of all of it, for FREE. Come down to Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales and buy a pint and we will let you pick from a random assortment of shirts, growlers, hats and other merchandise* that is taking up space at the brewery. 

Cheers to FFBC! 

*Merch is not available online or by phone, you must come into the brewery and purchase a 10oz beer to receive any merchandise.

Black Project is located at: 1290 S Broadway, Denver, CO.

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JUMPSEAT | EJECTOR Bottle Release


JUMPSEAT | Citra, Mosaic, Equinox
 750mL bottle, cork and cage – $24/bottle
Limit 2 bottles per person

EJECTOR | Citra, Mosaic, Equinox, and Lemon Drop
 750mL bottle, cork and cage – $26/bottle
Limit 2 bottles per person

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JUMPSEAT
 Begins with our base Golden Sour aged for 8-12 months in stainless. Once the base beer is finished, we pull a small amount out of our ever-changing solera and transport the beer to another tank along with a variety of hops. The beer sits on the hops for 3-4 days, extracting only the bright and citrusy character from the hops. …While the combination of hops shifts from batch to batch, we typically select hops that will play well with our wild-yeast derived peach and apricot character, creating a beer that is just the right balance of hoppy and sour – perfectly crushable. Hop character will change or diminish over time, therefore we don’t recommend cellaring and instead suggest you drink this one fresh.
 

EJECTOR
Begins as JUMPSEAT, our single dry-hopped sour. Once the base beer is finished, we pull a small amount out of our ever-changing solera and transport the beer to another tank along with a variety of hops. The beer sits on the hops for 3-4 days, extracting only the bright and citrusy character from the hops. After roughly half of the beer is bottled to make JUMPSEAT, there is a second dry-hop addition and the remaining beer rests for an additional 3-4 days, creating more grassy, earthy flavors.We like to think of EJECTOR as JUMPSEAT’S Big Brother: intense hop character matched with puckering acidity. Hop character will change or diminish over time, therefore we don’t recommend cellaring and instead suggest you drink this one fresh.

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The 2014 GABF Medal Winners

Category: 16 Experimental Beer – 79 Entries
Gold: Key Lime Pie, Short’s Brewing Co., Elk Rapids, MI
Silver: Redrock Paardebloem, Redrock Brewing Co., Salt Lake City, UT
Bronze: Black Project #1, Former Future Brewing Co., Denver, CO

Former Future Unveils Series of 100% Spontaneously Fermented Beers

The good people at Former Future Brewing Company have unveiled a new series of beers they’re making using 100% spontaneous fermentation. The new lineup of beers is called Black Project Spontaneous Ales and for the time being incorporates a coolship installed on the roof of the brewery.

The first release is called “Flyby”, which is a “golden/amber ale that features at least 4 wild strains of Brettanomyces” and “has a complex range of flavors and aromas: peach, citrus, ripe tropical fruit, slight nut, mint, herb, and of course a mild complimentary Brett”.

The first tapping of Flyby is set for Monday, August 25th at 6 PM. This is a ticketed event, with tickets going on sale Monday, August 4th for $40. The ticket, which is available HERE, includes a pour of Flyby, a glass of any beer pouring in the tasting room and a limited edition t-shirt. Read on for additional details and make sure to grab your ticket for this unique tasting opportunity.

Former Future Launches Black Project Spontaneous Ales with Colorado’s First 100% Wild-Fermented Beer

Former Future Brewing Company, a notable and popular new brewery on South Broadway in Denver, Colorado is launching Black Project Spontaneous Ales, a side-project that creates beers using only “spontaneous fermentation.” James Howat, owner and head brewer for both ventures describes spontaneous ales as “a beer that is fermented only with microbes from the air instead of using a pure or mixed culture of microbes from a lab.” This process is typically accomplished by allowing all or part of a batch of beer to be cooled overnight in a shallow vessel known as a “coolship”. As the beer cools, it is exposed to microbes (wild yeast and bacteria) that create a complex beer with flavors ranging from funky to bracingly tart. This process is the traditional way that Belgian sours are created, including Flanders Reds and Lambic / Gueze.

Prior to opening their doors, Former Future ran an unsuccessful Kickstarter in part to purchase a large, custom coolship for their roof. However, shortly after opening, James and Sarah Howat, the owners of the brewery, were able to fund a coolship, which was used to produce this beer. The equipment and project was mostly kept a secret until now, although it has been in use since the first Black Project batch was run through it in early March.

James describes the failed Kickstarter as a positive: “We were initially bummed that we weren’t able to begin making spontaneous ales immediately using a very expensive, custom-welded coolship. However, we were determined to make spontaneous ales and being using and modifying pieces of equipment that we could find inexpensively to create a coolship system capable of inoculating between 5 gallons and 75 gallons. It ended up giving us insight into some new and innovative techniques, including what we call the ‘selective coolship.’ Of course we want to install a full size coolship soon that matches our brewhouse size (140 gallons) so that we can brew full batches and fill more than one barrel at a time – Black Project #1 will help fund that and other equipment for future Black Project releases”

Black Project #1 will be called “Flyby”. It is a golden/amber ale that features at least 4 wild strains of Brettanomyces (based on lab assessment of the spontaneous fermentation), as well as an assertive but pleasing lactic acid sourness. Despite a simple grain bill and light hopping, the beer has a complex range of flavors and aromas: peach, citrus, ripe tropical fruit, slight nut, mint, herb, and of course a mild complimentary Brett. “funk” that can be described as horse blanket or barn yard.

This first edition will only be available on draught at a special release party at the brewery’s taproom. The release party will be a ticketed event on August 25th, 2014 from 6pm-9pm. Ticket sales for the general public begin on Monday, August 4th at 12 noon, Mountain Time.

Entrance for the event is $40 and includes a glass of “Flyby” the first release from Black Project Spontaneous Ales, a glass of any Former Future Beer that is on tap, as well as a limited edition t-shirt (available only through this event) that is hand-screened in the brewery by the brewers of Black Project. The event is expected to have high demand, and the limited number of tickets will likely sell out quickly. Tickets will be sold through Brown Paper Tickets at: http://blackprojectbeer.bpt.me/

Former Future is located at 1290 S. Broadway in south Denver. Opening in early February, the brewery focuses on using a heavy science focus (owner/brewer James Howat has a background in microbiology) to put a modern twist on traditional styles and techniques. Their taproom features old items given a future life: a bar top made from a Cessna airplane wing, factory-floor joist tables, barrel hoop lamps, and more.

Hours: T-Th – 4p-10p, F – 2p-11p, Sa – 12p-11p, Su – 12p-8p.

Black Project Spontaneous Ales is a side venture that focuses on making only spontaneous ales in small batches and fermented in oak. We strive to make beers that are both extremely complex and yet drinkable. We embrace, study, and live by the uncertainty of spontaneous fermentation. Every beer will be different and there will be no set “seasonal” or release dates – beers will be released only once nature has determined that they are ready. The name ‘Black Project’ refers to the scrappy and secret origins of the side project at Former Future as a comparison to top-secret government/military development programs; i.e.: SR-71 Blackbird, F-117 Stealth Fighter, etc. Black project will be ramping up production over the next several months and eventually intends to distribute cork and caged bottles to premium bottle shops, bars, and restaurants.

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