POWELL RIVER, BC – Townsite Brewing has announced the release of the next instalment in a series of beers inspired by a unique local landmark.
The Hulks Series is named after a group of concrete ships known as “The Hulks” that make up a floating breakwater in the Powell River near the brewery.
The series was initiated in 2012 with a Belgian Tripel called Charleston – which was subsequently promoted to become an annual seasonal release – and continued in 2013 with another Tripel called YOGN 82, in 2014 with Cardena Belgian Quad, in 2015 with Le Chatelier Belgian Sour Ale, and last year with Peralta Wild Pale Ale.
For the 6th annual release, the series offers Thaddeus, a 6.8% abv Oud Bruin with an interesting backstory:
A collaboration last fall with our friends at Gladstone Brewing called for a lactobacillus starter, a sour black Saison was to be made. The morning after pitching lacto into 20ish Litres of wort Scott and Cedric came in to find a vigorous fermentation happening, a sign that wild yeast had gotten in and taken over. Instead of dumping and restarting, Scott put that 20L in the barrel room to see what would happen. A couple of months later when they revisited that vessel, a strong flavour of stone fruits (think cherries, plums) was detected and Scott and Cedric decided to investigate these flavours. A turbid mash was concocted with a dash of midnight wheat at the end of sparge, as Cedric is so wont to do these days, and into this was pitched our wild-yeast-lacto-starter. A new age version of the Oud Bruin style becomes a classic Townsite brew.
Townsite Thaddeus is available in 650 ml bottles at select private liquor stores in British Columbia for a limited time.