February is an exciting month for us as we are seeing the return of a crowd favorite beer, as well as a few, never before done at Black Project, experimental beers.
IVY BELLS MK2: Solera-fermented spontaneous ale with fruit. 750mL - $28
IVY BELLS MK3: Solera-fermented spontaneous ale with fruit. 750mL - $28
SUNBEAM: Noyaux-inspired beer with stone fruit pits. 375mL - $18
HABU: Kriek inspired ale aged in whiskey barrels with vanilla bean and cocoa nibs. 500mL - $28
All listed prices include 8% sales tax and applicable fees from the online purchase system. Bottle limits are TBA on the day of the public sale.
First off, we have the return of IVY BELLS, our fruit punch sour beer. IVY BELLS is a custom blend of solera-fermented spontaneous ales. We then refermented with pineapple, pink guava, blood orange, raspberry, passion fruit, sweet cherry and tart cherry in a golden base beer blend.
This time around, we decided to make two different variations of IVY BELLS. Instead of having one beer completely loaded with fruits ranging from deep bramble berries to bright citrus, we made two iterations, using various levels of each fruit in the same base beer:
MK2 is a berry forward, jammy and tart, comprising mostly of raspberry and cherry.
MK3 is bright, citrusy, and slightly bitter, with pink guava and blood orange being the dominant flavors.
IVY BELLS is an expression of what multiple fruits can do together, instead of highlighting what each individual fruit has to offer.
Next up is SUNBEAM, our Noyaux-inspired beer. Noyaux is an almond flavored liqueur made with stone fruit pits that is cooked into a brandy. We created our version by taking the fresh stone fruit pits from our STARGATE series and racking our sour golden base onto them in a barrel to rest for months. The resulting beer is slightly tart, chocolate and almond forward, with a dry citrus finish. Noyaux beers are not an often done style and we are excited to see the results of this experiment.
HABU is a blend of three-year traditional, Lambic-inspired, coolship spontaneous ale that follows the Méthode Traditionnelle guidelines. The blended base beer was refermented with two different kinds of whole tart cherries. We used Montmorency and Balaton cherries and included the pits in freshly dumped Law’s Whiskey barrels.
After a few months in the Law’s barrels, HABU was moved into new Heaven Hill barrels and vanilla bean and cocoa nibs were added to the beer. The double barrelling process allows the oak vanillin and bourbon character to shine alongside the cherry, chocolate, and vanilla harmoniously. The resulting beer is complex and fruity with a strong bourbon back bone and nuanced vanilla and chocolate characters.
HABU is a new series of beer that we have been anticipating for months now. By taking our 3-year spontaneous blended ale and refermenting it on cherries for many months in both stainless and oak to create CYGNUS, our Kriek inspired ale, we racked the finished beer into Law’s Whiskey barrels, and then added cacao nibs and madagascar bourbon vanilla to rest.
Sale begins: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 @ Noon, MST
Sale ends: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 @ 10pm, MST
First come, first served. Limits TBA. Proxies ARE allowed.
Pickup begins: Friday, February 22, 2019 @ 2pm, MST
Pickup ends: Sunday, February 24, 2019 @ 8pm, MST
Pickup ONLY in the taproom, during regular business hours.
Once the purchase window opens at Noon MST on February 19th, purchases can be made below