de Garde The Purple Kriek
A spontaneous wild ale, born from a grist of local malted barley and local raw wheat, and boiled for three hours with four year aged hops grown right here in Oregon. After overnighting in our coolship where it picks up our local yeast and bacteria, we transferred the fresh wort into 500L french oak puncheon barrels for fermentation and extended aging.
When mature, we taste through numerous barrels to find a composition that will complement the whole, Oregon grown fruit. When the final blend is composed, we transfer the beer into secondary oak tanks with red and black raspberries and Morello and Montmorency cherries for further fermentation and aging.
After several more months in oak, we transfer the beer again into our blending tanks for packaging, and naturally condition/carbonate the beer in bottles and kegs.
Intensely, deeply purple-y colored, leaning into nearly black, representing the thousands of pounds of vibrant fruit that went into it’s making. You’ll find similar concentration in the aroma and flavor, with a fine acid balance and unfolding layers of character.
It’s pretty, for sure. It’s also damn delicious.