Sawdust City & Nickel Brook Releasing 4th Annual 11.05 Collaboration


GRAVENHURST, ON & BURLINGTON, ON – Sawdust City Brewing and Nickel Brook Brewing have announced details of the 4th annual edition of 11.05, a collaborative beer series commemorating the fact that November 5th is the shared birthday of their respective head brewers.

Developed and brewed by Sam Corbeil (Sawdust City) and Ryan Morrow (Nickel Brook), this year’s version of 11.05 is a Belgian-style Triple finished with Brettanomyces Bruxellensis – and as with all 11.05 beers, it’s 11% abv.

As explained by Corbeil in a recent blog post, two batches of the beer were brewed; one on August 31st, and the other in mid-September. The first was pitched with Brett after initial fermentation and aged in the conditioning tank, and will be released exclusively in kegs. It’s described as follows:

It’s developed a nice background farmhouse funk, while still maintaining its Belgian Style Triple roots. A nice fruity/funky nose leads into a soft, mellow malt body and is finished with a quick spiciness.

The second batch was fermented with just the primary yeast, and then packaged in cans with Brett added. The result, according to Corbeil:

For the first few weeks of its life you can expect the clean flavours and aromas you’d expect in a Belgian Style Triple. But if you resist cracking open your cans for a few months, you’re going to taste an entirely new beer. With time the Brett will change this beer. As it slowly munches on the remaining sugars left in the brew, it will start creating new, interesting flavours and aromas. And the beer will continue to develop as you let it age.

The 2016 edition of 11.05 was brewed at Sawdust City Brewing, and it will be available there on Saturday November 5th in cans and on tap. $1 of every can and pint sold at Sawdust City in November will be donated to Crafting a Cure in support of JDRF Canada, a charitable organization that funds research into type 1 diabetes, which is an important cause for Corbeil as he explains here:

As a Father of a type 1 diabetic, this particular release is extremely personal and important to me. I wanted to give back in any way possible and I wanted to work with a charity that directly supported the JDRF. As a brewer I felt it was my duty to be a part of this wonderful charity. If I could use my position as a brewer to help fight this disease, in any capacity, well then I just had to do it.

Also on November 5th, a release party will take place at Bar Hop (137 Peter St., Toronto) starting at 7:00 PM and featuring 11.05 and a selection of other Sawdust City and Nickel Brook beers on tap, including several rarities. See the announcement on Instagram for more details.

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